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Cultural Formations of Postcommunism: Emancipation, Transition, Nation, and War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Publication date August 1, 2002
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780816638581
ISBN-10 0816638586
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $30.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "Transition" is the name typically given to the time of radical change following the fall of communism, connoting a shift from planned to market economy, from dictatorship to democracy. Transition is also, in Michael Kennedy's analysis, a culture in its own right -- with its own contentions, repressions, and unrealized potentials. By elaborating transition as a culture of power and viewing it in its complex relation to emancipation, nationalism, and war, Kennedy's book clarifies the transformations of postcommunism as well as, more generally, the ways in which culture articulates social change. This ambitious work is, in effect, a nuanced critical-cultural sociology of change.

Kennedy examines transition culture's historical foundation by looking at the relationship among perestroika, Poland, and Hungary, and considers its structure and practice in the following decade across fields and nations. His wide-ranging analysis -- of the artifacts of transition culture's proponents, of interviews with providers and recipients of technical assistance in business across Eastern Europe, and of focus groups assessing the successes and failures of social change in Estonia and Ukraine -- suggests a transition culture deeply implicated in nationalism. But this association, Kennedy contends, is not necessarily antithetical to transition's emancipation. By reconsidering transition culture's relationship to the Wars of Yugoslav Succession and communism's negotiated collapse in Poland and Hungary, he shows how transition might be reconceived in terms of solidarity, freedom, and peace.

Distinguished by its focus on culture, not only within particular nations but in the transnational communityorganized around transition, this book will help reframe the debate about postcommunist social change.

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9780816638574 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $90.00
About: "Transition" is the name typically given to the time of radical change following the fall of communism, connoting a shift from planned to market economy, from dictatorship to democracy.
Paperback
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from Univ of Minnesota Pr (August 1, 2002)
9780816638581 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $30.00
About: "Transition" is the name typically given to the time of radical change following the fall of communism, connoting a shift from planned to market economy, from dictatorship to democracy.

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