Postsocialist Europe: Anthropological Perspectives from Home (EASA)
by László Kürti, Peter Skalník
ISBN 184545474X (1-84545-474-X)
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Now that 15 years passed since the collapse of East bloc there is a need to understand and theorize what took place since that historic date and where we are at the moment. The case-studies published here engage in debates that address new questions and current processes that are inimical to anthropological scholarly interests. Our postsocialist and local framework is predicated upon the differences that arise from historical, cultural, regional and theoretical backgrounds that serve as qualifiers. Theoretically, our starting point is a contribution to debates and questions raised recently: is there a need to reject or upheld the notion postsocialism as both a necessary and valid concept simply to mean an ongoing legacy without changes and differences across both time and space?.
Authors describe ongoing social processes by offering first-hand ethnographies from their own countries stressing that these diverse topics introduced will help at correcting one-sided views of Eastern and Central European countries mortgaged to the heritage of state socialism and Marxist-Leninist ideology. They offer fresh data on postsocialist developments by arguing that anthropologists living and working in their home countries may provide important alternative views that compliment those published by colleagues in the US and western Europe.
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