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Bought and Sold: Living and Losing the Good Life in Socialist Yugoslavia

Patrick Hyder Patterson


Yugoslavia was unique among the communist countries of the Cold War era in its openness to mixing cultural elements from both socialism and capitalism. Ordinary Yugoslavs enjoyed access to a wide range of consumer goods and services, and from the mid-1950s onward the political climate in Yugoslavia permitted a consumerist lifestyle. This book explores how Yugoslavia became a land where the symbolic, cultural value of consumer goods was a primary factor in individual and group identity. The book shows how a new, aggressive business establishment promoted consumerist tendencies that ordinary cit ... More

Keywords: socialism, Yugoslavia, capitalism, consumerism, consumer culture, consumerist values, ethnic conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450044
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Hyder Patterson, author
Assistant Professor of History, the University of California, San Diego