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Much of the understanding of socialist culture is based on the distinction between its official and unofficial spheres. The official culture is seen as an artificial form of cultural production, and the unofficial domain as dominated by spontaneous undertakings which resisted the state-orchestrated actions. The folklorization of village music and dance through the staging of the local repertoire was not recognized as static, rigid, and homogenous, as it is usually presented in scholarly narratives. The presence of popular Western genres and the growth of the Yugoslav record industry made folk culture much less important for state ideology than in other socialist countries. The village groups were focused on local practices and singers personal repertoires and were not forced to learn new songs or write new, politically conscious folklore.

Keywords: folklorization; socialist culture; Western genres; Yugoslav record industry



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