Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography

Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography

by Georgi M. Derluguian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226142825

ISBN-13: 9780226142821

Pub. Date: 07/15/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus is a gripping account of the developmental dynamics involved in the rise and collapse of Soviet socialism. Fusing a narrative of human agency to his critical discussion of structural forces, Georgi M. Derluguian reconstructs from firsthand accounts the life story of Musa Shanib-who from a small town in the Caucasus

Overview

Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus is a gripping account of the developmental dynamics involved in the rise and collapse of Soviet socialism. Fusing a narrative of human agency to his critical discussion of structural forces, Georgi M. Derluguian reconstructs from firsthand accounts the life story of Musa Shanib-who from a small town in the Caucasus grew to be an intellectual reformer and, after 1989, a leader in several revolutions and wars, from Abkhazia to Chechnya. In his examination of the irony of Shanib's fascination with the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu, Derluguian discerns the personal trajectory of this reformer from democratic dissident to nationalist warlord.

Shanib's story allows Derluguian to add human dimension to his analysis of abstract notions like globalization, the end of communism, democratization, politics of ethnic identity, and terrorism. Drawing simultaneously on the work of Charles Tilly, Immanuel Wallerstein, and, of course, Bourdieu, Derluguian presents a far-reaching explanation of ethnic wars in the wake of Soviet collapse. Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus illuminates the role of human agency in shaping world history as well as the current dilemmas posed by globalization and the war on terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226142821
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

MAPS....................vii
PHOTOS....................ix
INTRODUCTION DOES GLOBALIZATION BREED ETHNIC VIOLENCE?....................1
1 THE FIELD....................29
2 COMPLEX TRIANGULATIONS....................65
3 THE DYNAMICS OF DE-STALINIZATION....................84
4 FROM 1968 TO 1989....................104
5 SOCIAL STRUCTURE....................129
6 THE NATIONALIZATION OF PROVINCIAL REVOLUTIONS....................166
7 THE SCRAMBLE FOR SOVIET SPOILS....................219
THEORETICAL REPRISE POSSIBILITY....................287
TABLES....................325
FIGURES....................331
NOTES....................335
BIBLIOGRAPHY....................377
INDEX....................395

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