Collection : Culture and Society after Socialism

The formerly socialist world represents one of the fastest growing and theoretically challenging areas in the humanities and social sciences. A decade after perestroika, it is possible to begin to chart the topography of a diverse realm of new scholarship, built on the theoretical and methodological foundations of cross-disciplinary work. Culture and Society after Socialism, a series edited by Bruce Grant and Nancy Ries, looks to present the very best of this body of writing.

Providing close-up perspectives on the lived experience of socialism and its aftermath, this series advances innovative work that fundamentally rethinks the cultural projects of socialist states and their outcomes. Through detailed readings of historical and cultural contexts, these works bridge the study of power systems and cosmologies, material practices and social meanings, political economies and the mythic forces that sustain them.

Series Editors

Bruce Grant is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University.

Nancy Ries is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Colgate University.

Note: This series has completed its roster of titles and is no longer seeking submissions.

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Defending the Border
Identity, Religion, and Modernity in the Republic of Georgia
Mathijs Pelkmans
This book, one of the first in English about everyday life in the Republic of Georgia, describes how people construct identity in a rapidly changing border region.



Contested Tongues
Language Politics and Cultural Correction in Ukraine
Laada Bilaniuk
During the controversial 2004 elections that led to the "Orange Revolution" in Ukraine, cultural and linguistic differences threatened to break apart the country. Contested Tongues explains the complex linguistic and cultural politics in a bilingual...



Empire of Nations
Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union
Francine Hirsch
In Empire of Nations, Francine Hirsch examines the ways in which former imperial ethnographers and local elites provided the Bolsheviks with ethnographic knowledge that shaped the very formation of the new Soviet Union.



Privatizing Poland
Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor
Elizabeth C. Dunn
Privatizing Poland examines the effects privatization has on workers' self-concepts; how changes in "personhood" relate to economic and political transitions; and how globalization and foreign capital investment affect Eastern Europe's integration into the world economy.



Russia Gets the Blues
Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
Michael E. Urban
Michael Urban chronicles the advent of blues music in Russia and explores the significance of the genre in the turbulent, postcommunist society. Russians, he explains, have taken a music originating in the "low" culture of the American South and...



The Vanishing Hectare
Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania
Katherine Verdery
In most countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the fall of communism opened up the possibility for individuals to acquire land. Based on Katherine Verdery's extensive fieldwork between 1990 and 2001, The Vanishing Hectare explores...



The Unmaking of Soviet Life
Everyday Economies after Socialism
Caroline Humphrey
In order to understand today's Russia and former Soviet republics, it is vital to consider their socialist past. Caroline Humphrey, one of anthropology's most highly regarded thinkers on a number of topics including consumption, identity, and ritual...



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