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Author Smith, Jeffrey Alyn
Title Moonlighter's paradise: From the land of iron and steel to the land of irony and stealing
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Descript 320 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 71-04, Section: A, page: 1355
Adviser: Daniel T. Linger
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010
Summary. This dissertation explores double binds, seemingly "impossible situations," tricksters, and their cultural representations in Hungary. In this dissertation I explore the responses to double binds, such as denial, dissimulation, disengagement, self-abuse, suicide, and rebellion. I argue that double binds are used as a mechanism of state power in Hungary and the USSR in order to maintain patron-client relations. Double bind relations create a situation where everyone is guilty of criminal activities and thus is subject to punishment
Methodology. I employ participant-observation, discourse analysis, film and literary criticism, symbolic analysis, formal, and informal interviews
Conclusions. I have found that double binds can be generated out of diarchies and double binds, as a, mechanism of power, reinforce traditional patron-client relations, corruption, and widespread illegality in Eastern Europe. Double bind relations motivate subjects to engage in moonlighting, tax evasion, smuggling, and other illegal activities to "make a living" and to "survive" through dissimulation and disengagement. Hungarian culture shows representations of double binds and "tricksterism" in films, novels, jokes, laments, and everyday discourses
Key words: Double bind, crime, corruption, dissimulation, disengagement, svejkism, trickster, Hungary
School code: 0036
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 71-04A
Subject Literature, Slavic and East European
Anthropology, Cultural
Alt Author University of California, Santa Cruz
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