Altering States: Ethnographies of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

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Daphne Berdahl, Matti Bunzl, Martha Lampland
University of Michigan Press, 2000 - Social Science - 252 pages
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The dominant focus in transition studies to date has been on economic and political factors--analyses generally conducted at the national or international level. The essays in Altering States instead bring us a closer look at what has been happening in everyday life in urban contexts in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Armenia, and Russia.
The contributors to the volume--all anthropologists--use ethnographic methods to make visible problems and challenges that have until now been obscured. From synagogue restoration in Eastern Europe to gay tourism in Prague to the politics of rock music in Hungary, specific, local topics lead the authors to confront difficult questions of individual agency and discursive practices in the move away from socialism. Broader themes touched on include race and ethnicity, sexuality and postcoloniality, the politics of environmental restoration, and memory and remembrance in the politics of history.
Altering States will fill an important gap in the study of transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. It will appeal to anthropologists, political scientists, and sociologists and will be accessible to undergraduate and graduate students alike.
Daphne Berdahl is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota. Matti Bunzl is Aaron and Robin Fischer Professor of Jewish Culture and Society and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Martha Lampland is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California at San Diego.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
An Anthropology of Postsocialism
1
The Moscow Metro
14
On Synagogue Restoration in Eastern Europe
40
Gay Male Sex Tourism and the Neocolonial Invention of an Embodied Border
70
Reconstructing Environment and Memory in Postsocialist SaxonyAnhalt
96
Daily Life History and Identity during Armenias Transition to Independence 19911994
114
Memory History and Remembrance Work in Dresden
139
AntiPolitics of Arts Autonomy and Transition in Hungary
158
Openings and Closings in PostSoviet Siberia
181
Afterword
209
References
219
Contributors
241
Index
243
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