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Village Gatherings: The Politics Of Representation

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The Village Gatherings, an event at which female singers began performing on stage and which played an important role in the representation of socialist femininity, were a part of the larger project of Yugoslav cultural policy. Official cultural policy also aimed to achieve a balance among the ethnic and regional diversities by creating a multicultural canon of culture, which was represented as a joint product and reflection of all working people. The creation of new folk culture was part of the broader modernization project that was characteristic of socialist societies in general. The concept of amateurism (amaterizam) was the most important feature in the creation of the new folk culture in the official discourses. This chapter presents both the official discourse of Village Gatherings and the personal accounts of author's interlocutors, in order to offer a multi-sided interpretation of cultural life under socialism in Niko Polje.

Keywords: amateurism; cultural policy; new folk culture; Niko Polje; village gatherings; Yugoslav



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