Uncertain Transition: Ethnographies of Change in the Postsocialist World / Edition 1

Uncertain Transition: Ethnographies of Change in the Postsocialist World / Edition 1

by Michael Burawoy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847690431

ISBN-13: 9780847690435

Pub. Date: 02/04/1999

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The ethnographies collected here offer a surprising and compelling picture of change in Russia and Eastern Europe found in no other book to date. Looking at the everyday processes by which individuals and groups forge new lives, the authors challenge the idea that we can understand this transformation by the predictable models_whether capitalism, post-socialism,

Overview

The ethnographies collected here offer a surprising and compelling picture of change in Russia and Eastern Europe found in no other book to date. Looking at the everyday processes by which individuals and groups forge new lives, the authors challenge the idea that we can understand this transformation by the predictable models_whether capitalism, post-socialism, modernity, or postmodernity. The collection brings together a wide-ranging group of authors from sociology, anthropology, and political science to reveal the complex relationships that still exist between the former socialist world and the world today. Through evocative ethnographic research and writing, they bring to light the unintended consequences of change and show how the 'slates' of the past enter the present not as legacies_but as novel adaptations. Often what appear as 'restorations' of patterns familiar from socialism are something quite different: direct responses to the new market initiatives. By showing the unexpected ways in which these new patterns are emerging, this book charts a new and important course for the study of post-socialist transition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847690435
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/04/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Traders, "Disorder," and Citizenship Regimes in Provincial Russia Chapter 3 Fuzzy Property: Rights, Power, and Identity in Transylvania's Decollectivization Chapter 4 Barter of the Bankrupt: The Politics of Demonetization in Russia's Federal State Chapter 5 Slick Salesmen and Simple People: Negotiated Capitalism in a Privatized Polish Firm Chapter 6 "But We Are Still Mothers": Gender, State, and the Construction of Need in Hungary Chapter 7 Deconstructing Socialism in Bulgaria Chapter 8 Redefining the Collective: Russian Mineworkers in Transition Chapter 9 Portable Worlds: On the Limits of Replication in the Czech and Slovak Republics

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