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From Banishment to Ascribed Residence: Controlling Internal Movement in Socialist Bulgaria (1944-1989)
From Banishment to Ascribed Residence: Controlling Internal Movement in Socialist Bulgaria (1944-1989)

Author(s): Rossitza Guentcheva
Subject(s): Human Geography, Politics and society, History of Communism
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)
Summary/Abstract: This paper seeks to address one mobility-preventing mechanism, namely restriction on internal movement in socialist Bulgaria (1944-1989). Through a series of measures – ranging from banishment to dislocation to residence legally inscribed in the passport – the state engaged in spatial stratification and geographic management of its population. Its officials had elaborated categories linking human rights to a specific geographical location, while state and local authorities implemented in practice human rights’ successful territorialisation. In both cases, infringement on free movement was aimed at the cultivation of a perfect socialist society, where the moral recovery of unhealthy elements was achieved through removal and isolation.

  • Page Count: 26
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English