The Curtain Rises: Rethinking Culture, Ideology, and the State in Eastern Europe

Overview

The dramatic overturn of state socialist administrations shocked most political commentators. Received wisdom in the West was that the nations in Eastern Europe and Russia were repressed to the point of paralysis and that they were politically inert. But the events following the 1989 revolutions revealed their political sophistication through the rebuilding of civil society. This book captures the internal dynamics of that process and situates Eastern European societies within ...

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Overview

The dramatic overturn of state socialist administrations shocked most political commentators. Received wisdom in the West was that the nations in Eastern Europe and Russia were repressed to the point of paralysis and that they were politically inert. But the events following the 1989 revolutions revealed their political sophistication through the rebuilding of civil society. This book captures the internal dynamics of that process and situates Eastern European societies within new perspectives in social theory.

In the introductory section, the distinguished anthropologists Claude Meillassoux and Aidan Southall identify the importance of the 1989 revolutions for Marxist approaches. Then, starting from detailed ethnographic descriptions of social movements in progression, each contributor identifies the significance of their observation in terms of theory. Chapters from anthropologists in the field provide comprehensive analyses of newly evolving property relations, nationalistic movements, and new social identities.

The countries covered in this theoretically informed study range from the core of the East European revolution (Germany and Hungary) to the hegemonic center (Russia) and the intriguing cases of Romania and Siberia. Never before has such a wide variety of current topics been applied to such a suggestive list of nations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573925303
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Pages: 359

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Setting the Stage: Theoretical Controversies on Eastern Europe
Toward a Theory of the "Social Corps" 2
The Problems of Socialism: A Reappraisal of the Orthodox Texts 43
Pt. II The Politics of Decollectivization
Once Again, the Land: Decollectivization and Social Conflict in Rural Romania 62
Civil Society in Siberia: The Institutional Legacy of the Soviet State 76
Property Relations in the New Eastern Europe: The Case of Specialist Cooperatives in Hungary 99
Pt. III Fractured Socialism and the Rise of Nationalism
From the "National Question" to Autogestion and Perestroika: Controversies in Theoretical and Political Approaches to National(ist) Movements 122
Yugoslavia and the Rise of Volkgeist 149
Interethnic Relations in the Soviet Union during the First Years of "Restructuring" 182
From The People to One People: The Social Bases of the East German "Revolution" and Its Preemption by the West German State 207
Pt. IV The Transition: Identities, Ideologies, and New Utopias
The Struggle for Space and the Development of Civil Society in Romania, June 1990 232
The Wingless Eros of Socialism: Nationalism and Sexuality in Hungary 266
Equality/Inequality: Contesting Female Personhood in the Process of Making Civil Society in Eastern Germany 289
The Spanish Route to Democracy: A Model for Eastern Europe in Transition? 305
Notes on the Contributors 334
Index 339
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