On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany

On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany

by Daphne Berdahl
     
 

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Anthropologist Daphne Berdahl was one of the leading scholars of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in central and eastern Europe. From her pathbreaking ethnography of a former East German border village in the aftermath of German reunification to her insightful analyses of consumption, nostalgia, and citizenship in the early 21st century, Berdahl's

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Anthropologist Daphne Berdahl was one of the leading scholars of the transition from state socialism to capitalism in central and eastern Europe. From her pathbreaking ethnography of a former East German border village in the aftermath of German reunification to her insightful analyses of consumption, nostalgia, and citizenship in the early 21st century, Berdahl's writings probe the contradictions, paradoxes, and ambiguities of postsocialism as few observers have done. This volume brings together her essays, from an early study of memory at the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., to research on consumption and citizenship undertaken in Leipzig in the years before her untimely death. It serves as a superb introduction to the development of the field of postsocialist cultural studies.

Editorial Reviews

H-SAE

"This collection is an excellent introduction to Daphne Berdahl's generous and insightful ethnography... [R]eaders will be rewarded by her perceptive research, skillful prose, and humanizing insights." —H-SAE, April, 2011

German Studies Review

"This highly readable book spans a full life of research and offers researchers and students alike an opportunity to continue the discussions which Berdahl pioneered as the historical events themselves were taking place." —German Studies Review

Katherine Verdery

"The wide-ranging themes of this marvelous collection—memory and history, consumption, citizenship, nostalgia, identity, postsocialism—are unified by Daphne Berdahl's sophisticated overarching conception of their interconnections and her splendid gift for ethnography. A valuable and enduring resource for anyone interested in socialism's aftermath." —Katherine Verdery, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Anthropological Notebooks

"As a posthumous publication and deserved labour of love, this compilation understandably has some repetitions and loose ends, but also highly suggestive arguments that remain ours to pursue. It is a pleasure to follow Berdahl's lines of thought and growth as a scholar, her consummate fieldwork and writing." —Anthropological Notebooks

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"This highly readable book spans a full life of research and offers researchers and students alike an opportunity to continue the discussions which Berdahl pioneered as the historical events themselves were taking place." —German Studies Review

"This collection is an excellent introduction to Daphne Berdahl's generous and insightful ethnography... [R]eaders will be rewarded by her perceptive research, skillful prose, and humanizing insights." —H-SAE, April, 2011

German History

"Scholars interested in meaning, memory, consumption and representation of the East German past will greatly benefit from reading this thoughtful volume." —German History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253221704
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Series:
New Anthropologies of Europe Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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