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Broken Glass, Broken Class: Transformations of Work in Bulgaria

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Volume 12

Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy

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Broken Glass, Broken Class

Transformations of Work in Bulgaria

Dimitra Kofti

264 pages, 26 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-036-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (August 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80539-351-1 eBook

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“The work is firmly grounded in the findings generated through original and thorough ethnographic research, and it is through these findings that the author contributes significantly to important and ongoing debates in academia and beyond.” • Victoria Goddard, University of London

“This book is an outstanding example of how an anthropologist’s unique knowledge can change our understanding of global transformations.” • Detelina Tocheva, PSL Research University Paris


Based on a long-term study of the everyday postsocialist politics of labour in the wider context of intense socio-economic transformation in Bulgaria, this book tells the story of the flexibilization of production, the precaritization of work, shifting managerial practices, and ways in which people with different employment statuses live and work together. The ethnography starts with the rapidly moving conveyor belt of a glass factory, where a variety of global and local forces and workers’ divisions meet, and analyses how inequalities are reproduced both at the production site and back home.

Dimitra Kofti is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University (Athens). She has conducted research on work in Bulgaria and on labour and financialization in Greece as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologySociologyGender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


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