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Uncertain transition : ethnographies of change in the postsocialist world

Author: Michael Burawoy; Katherine Verdery
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
The ethnographies collected here offer a surprising and compelling picture of change in Russia and Eastern Europe found in no other book to date. 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.

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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Uncertain transition.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, ©1999
(DLC) 98028144
Material Type: Conference publication, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Burawoy; Katherine Verdery
ISBN: 0585080550 9780585080550
OCLC Number: 44963707
Notes: Based on the papers presented at the conference "Ethnographies in transition" held in March 1996, at the University of California, Berkeley.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 322 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Traders, "disorder," and citizenship regimes in provincial Russia / Caroline Humphrey --
Fuzzy property : rights, power, and identity in Transylvania's decollectivization / Katherine Verdery --
Barter of the bankrupt : the politics of demonetization in Russia's federal state / David Woodruff --
Slick salesmen and simple people : negotiated capitalism in a privatized Polish firm / Elizabeth Dunn --
"But we are still mothers" : gender, the state, and the construction of need in postsocialist Hungary / Lynne Haney --
Polish peasants in the "valley of transition" : responses to postsocialist reforms / Slawomira Zbierski-Salameh --
Deconstructing socialism in Bulgaria / Gerald W. Creed --
Redefining the collective : Russian mineworkers in transition / Sarah Ashwin --
Portable worlds : on the limits of replication in the Czech and Slovak republics / Andrew Lass.
Responsibility: edited by Michael Burawoy and Katherine Verdery.


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An excellent introduction to the current social and political changes in Eastern Europe. Although it presents an academic discussion, I strongly suggest that business people and those who plan to Read more...

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