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ERIC Number: EJ960889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Resurrected Pigs, Dyed Foxes and Beloved Cows: Religious Diversity and Nostalgia for Socialism in Rural Poland
Pasieka, Agnieszka
Journal of Rural Studies, v28 n2 p72-80 Apr 2012
The aim of my paper is to discuss the phenomenon of nostalgia for socialism in rural Poland. More precisely, I discuss how experiences of rurality and diverse religious beliefs intertwine with nostalgia. Depicting the memories of socialism, shared with me by the inhabitants of a multi-religious rural commune in Southern Poland, I aim to demonstrate the ways in which day-to-day experiences of rural life as well as religious diversity contribute to shaping people's remembrances. In order to do so, I describe both the present situation and the historical experiences of the inhabitants of the commune. I introduce representatives of different Christian communities--Roman Catholics, Greek Catholics, Orthodox and Pentecostals--and, by presenting their life stories, I address the issue of how villagers' religious creeds interrelate with the memories and (re)evaluation of the socialist past. My aim here is twofold. Firstly I aim to deconstruct the nostalgia for socialism, showing its complexity and proving that this nostalgia means in fact longing for very concrete experiences of rural life. Secondly, I argue that the study of various religious beliefs and practices is very important for a fuller interpretation of nostalgic discourses and responses to postsocialist transformations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Poland