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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The Old Faith and the Russian Land
A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals
Douglas Rogers
The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town, Sepych, over three...



Overkill
Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture
Eliot Borenstein
Borenstein argues that the popular cultural products consumed in the post-perestroika era were more than just diversions; they allowed Russians to indulge their despair over economic woes and everyday...



The Patriotism of Despair
Nation, War, and Loss in Russia
Serguei Alex. Oushakine
Examines the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, graphically described in spray paint by a graffiti artist in Barnaul: "We have no Motherland." Once socialism disappeared as a way of understanding the world, what replaced it in people's minds?



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 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...



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...



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...



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