chapter  9
The 'old red woman' against the 'young blue hooligan': gender stereotyping of economic and political processes in post-communist Bulgaria
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Ten years on from the events of 1989 and 1990 marking the beginning of a transition from authoritarian rule towards democracy in Bulgaria, the unanimous acceptance that first greeted these changes has faded. Instead, current public interpretations of the restructuring of the country vary from expressions such as: 'Nothing has changed -we still live in the midst of communism' to 'we live in a permanent situation of change - a never-ending circle in which reforms are reforming previous reforms' .1 Social theories explaining the emergence of post-communist societies acknowledge the complexities of processes which affected all social spheres: legislative, political, economic, cultural (Darendorf 1990; Offe 1991; Lipset 1994; Genov 1998). But change did not happen evenly and the disjunctures that emerged between different areas of social life fomented generalised feelings of uncertainty regarding the transition as a whole.