TITLE

'YOU CAN BUY ALMOST ANYTHING WITH POTATOES': AN EXAMINATION OF BARTER DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS IN BULGARIA

AUTHOR(S)
Cellarius, Barbara A.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Ethnology;Winter2000, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p73
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article investigates bartering practices in rural Bulgaria during 1997, an exceptionally bad year in the nation's economy. First, it describes the types of barter transactions observed in terms of participant identities, the goods and services exchanged, their sources, and the circumstances of the transactions. Second, it considers the extent to which these exchanges were the result of near hyperinflation and economic chaos early in 1997. Alternative explanations view barter as part of a longer-term social and historical context or as a function of general postsocialist economic conditions. Thus, barter may be one solution to some of the problems of a money-based economy under conditions of economic restructuring. The article also considers barter's implications for understandings of life in postsocialist Bulgaria more generally. (Barter, economic restructuring, exchange, Eastern Europe, Bulgaria)
ACCESSION #
3288157

 

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