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What is Prostitution and Can it Take Root in Socialist Bulgaria?

Author(s): Magdalena Garvanova
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Philosophy, Social Sciences, National Economy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy, Civil Society, Sociology
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: prostitution; totalitarianism; official ideology; social deviation; legitimate practices;

Summary/Abstract: The article aims to show how the problem of prostitution was constructed as a form of social deviation and discusses the legitimate practices undertaken for its neutralization during the socialist period – 1944-1989. The historical-sociological analysis applied in the article shows that, in the time of totalitarianism, „paid love“ was ideologically deprived of a social ontology, and the authorities began a secret struggle with the „priestesses of Venus“ by undertaking a series of repressive actions against prostitutes, aimed at disciplining and resocializing them. However, with the expansion of the nomenklatura system, the authorities took a differentiated view on the prostitute: she was used, on one hand, as a mechanism for imposing communist morality and social control, on the other hand, as a means serving the dark side of the oligarchy apparatus.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 20-37
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English, Bulgarian