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Enduring Socialism: Explorations of Revolution and Transformation, Restoration and Continuation

Enduring Socialism: Explorations of Revolution and Transformation, Restoration and Continuation

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Against the historical backdrop of successive socialist and post-socialist claims to have completely remade society, the contributors to this volume explore the complex and often paradoxical continuities between diverse post-socialist presents and their corresponding socialist and pre-socialist pasts. The chapters focus on ways in which: pre-socialist economic, political, and cultural forms in fact endured an era of socialism and have found new life in the post-socialist present, notwithstanding revolutionary socialist claims; continuities with a pre-socialist past have been produced within the historical imaginary of post-socialism; and socialist economic, political, and cultural forms have in fact endured in a purportedly postsocialist era, despite the claims of neo-liberal reformers.

Harry G. West is Reader in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His research in northern Mozambique has examined how colonialism, revolutionary socialism, and post-socialist political and economic liberalization have reconfigured institutions of local authority.

Parvathi Raman is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her research in South Africa explores the historical impact of Indians in the South African Communist Party, and their contribution to the struggle against apartheid.



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ISBN-13: 9781845457136
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Harry G. West is Reader in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His research in northern Mozambique has examined how colonialism, revolutionary socialism, and post-socialist political and economic liberalization have reconfigured institutions of local authority.

Parvathi Raman is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Her research in South Africa explores the historical impact of Indians in the South African Communist Party, and their contribution to the struggle against apartheid.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Introduction: Poetries of the Past in a Socialist World Remade

Parvathi Raman and Harry G. West

Chapter 1. From Socialist Chiefs to Postsocialist Cadres: Neotraditional Authority in Neoliberal Mozambique

Harry G. West

Chapter 2. ‘For Eating, It’s Guangzhou’: Regional Culinary Traditions and Chinese Socialism

Jakob A. Klein

Chapter 3. Searching for the Time of Beautiful Madness: Of Ruins and Revolution in Post-Sandinista Nicaragua

Dennis Rodgers

Chapter 4. The Object of Morality: Rethinking Informal Networks in Central Europe

Nicolette Makovicky

Chapter 5. Vietnamese Narratives of Tradition, Exchange and Friendship in the Worlds of the Global Socialist Ecumene

Susan Bayly

Chapter 6. Waste under Socialism and After: A Case Study from Almaty

Catherine Alexander

Chapter 7. Corruption and the One-party State in Tanzania: The View from Dar es Salaam, 1964–2000

John R. Campbell

Chapter 8. Media and the Limits of Cynicism in Postsocialist China

Kevin Latham

Chapter 9. The Rooted Anthropologies of East-Central Europe

Chris Hann

Chapter 10. Historical Analogies and the Commune: The Case of Putin/Stolypin

Caroline Humphrey

Chapter 11. Signifying Something: Che Guevara and Neoliberal Alienation in London

Parvathi Raman

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