Performative Social Practices of Socialist Power. Constructing a „Group of Young People“ as Problematic by the State Administration in the Late 1960s Cover Image
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Перформативни социални практики на социалистическата власт. Конструиране на „група млади хора“ като „проблемни“ от държавната администрация...
Performative Social Practices of Socialist Power. Constructing a „Group of Young People“ as Problematic by the State Administration in the Late 1960s

Author(s): Svetlomir Zdravkov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article presents the logic of socialist administration as an everyday performative practice; the analysis is based on the example of the construction of a group of people as being heterogeneous to socialism. Assuming that the context in which these actions are immersed is not necessarily real, but is rather the product of this same everyday practice, the author shows this context was a convenient symbolic tool for the authorities. Using it, the administration injected changes or changed the facts of everyday socialist order, and thereby politicized the order and opposed it to the individuals in question. The careful scrutiny and building of the practical logic reveals the efficacy of symbolic action and its ability to both solve the arising problems and to amplify its own position. The skilful use of words like „coupon“, „Bulgarian“, „bourgeoisie“, „influence“, etc., and their opposition along the line „ours-alien“, constructs a seemingly stable logical system. But as it turns out this stability seems stable only from a certain perspective; a focus on the details of the performative practice shows that its sustainability is due mostly to its capacity to change imperceptibly. The article also shows the possibilities of the administrative apparatus to allocate responsibilities in the different parts of the system and thereby to transform the ideological problems into everyday ones, which hence become practically solvable.

  • Issue Year: 43/2011
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 259-270
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian