"[A]n engaging and approachable ethnography of post-socialist Bulgaria. . . . Admittedly, chapter 3 . . . was my favorite for its sheer freshness of information and perspective. . . . Under its serious condsideration of economic transition and women's lives, The Red Riviera is also the raciest ethnography of Eastern Europe yet."
“[A]n excellent ethnography…. This well-written, vivid account of women in postsocialist Bulgaria will be compelling for anthropologists and scholars from related disciplines interested in women/gender, tourism, and/or postsocialism as well as feminism, development, and NGOs.”
“The Red Riviera is an absorbing, very well-written book which explores the social impact of transition in Bulgaria by focusing on women’s employment in holiday resorts.”
"The Red Riviera is pleasant to read, which would serve well in classrooms. It could be used to ignite further discussions about the consequences of the expansion of neoliberal capitalism for social inequalities on the peripheries."
“[A]n insightful case study of the global labour market. . . .”
“The Red Riviera is noteworthy for its focus on women’s roles and activities in global tourism as well as for its insights into the transition from a state-controlled to a capitalist tourism economy.”
“Whether the reason for reading this book comes from an interest in Bulgarian tourism, tourism employment, gender and women’s studies or post-socialist transformation, it makes a compelling read and demonstrates an effective use of ethnographic research.”
“By contrasting the successful women of the tourist industry to the fallen male heroes of communism (its industrial workers), Ghodsee introduces readers to the equally complex transition in gendered expectations, options, and aspirations that has accompanied rapid economic change.”
“Ghodsee offers a compelling and beautifully-crafted ethnographic study of women and the Bulgarian tourism industry. . . . Whether The Red Riviera captures a moment in time or (we hope) documents women's ongoing and future success in the Bulgarian tourism industry, we are fortunate that the tale has been told by Kristen Ghodsee, an exceptionally insightful scholar and gifted storyteller.”
“In her book The Red Riviera Kristin Ghodsee accomplishes the impossible; she makes a relatively dry academic subject—occupational segregation in post-Communist Bulgaria—come to life. She expertly weaves ethnography, feminist theory, sociology, and economic data with personal stories about women in Bulgarian tourism industry into a fascinating explanation for their post-Socialist success.”
“Overall The Red Riviera is a very appealing book. Its theoretical position is clearly explained and its use of personal narrative is effective. . . . The book will appeal to those interested in tourism, labor, gender, and postsocialism, and because it is so accessibly written, it will also work well for undergraduate classes.”
“The Red Riviera is not a depressing book, even if it has been necessary to count the costs of a transition that many observers now believe was inevitable. It is basically an ethnography for our times, times when systems are put to the test and many people live in the midst of uncertainty. This does not only happen in former socialist states.”
“Overall, Red Riviera is a readable book with its vivid descriptions of people and places. The ‘small histories’ draw the reader in, and to the extent that the book uses specialized theories or concepts, they are explained in an understandable way.”
“This engaging and compelling volume is of interest to women’s studies scholars, but also political scientists, sociologists and anthropologists interested in Eastern Europe. Its clear style makes it an accessible reading for students at all levels.”
“The work is both easy and enjoyable to read. . . . [It] presents an interesting argument and is a valuable contribution to postsocialist literature on Bulgaria and tourism.”