Barber from Srem in the times of changes

  • Ivan Kovačević Department of Ethnology and Anthropology Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
legend of fortune acquisition, trimming machine, barber from Srem, transition folklore, myth of fortune loss


The legend of the barber from Srem, who invented the trimming machine, thus making a fortune from its manufacture, came into the public focus on two occasions. It is constituted by three mythical wholes: the myth of the rise from poverty into the middle classes, as in the novel of the 19th. American author Horatio Alger, the myth of the wealth acquired through creativeness and successful business dealings and a specific myth about the lost treasure whose returning would save the country and economy. Their composition is present both in 1929 and in 2003 in the times of the capitalist expansion, in the times of change and transition, reflecting and constituting the zeitgeist.


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Kovačević, Ivan. 2007. “Barber from Srem in the Times of Changes”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 2 (1), 11-28.

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