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Anthropology and Political Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 341

Anthropology and Political Science

What can anthropology and political science learn from each other? The authors argue that collaboration, particularly in the area of concepts and methodologies, is tremendously beneficial for both disciplines, though they also deal with some troubling aspects of the relationship. Focusing on the influence of anthropology on political science, the book examines the basic assumptions the practitioners of each discipline make about the nature of social and political reality, compares some of the key concepts each field employs, and provides an extensive review of the basic methods of research that "bridge" both disciplines: ethnography and case study. Through ethnography (participant observatio...

Twenty Years After Communism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 362

Twenty Years After Communism

"Remembering the past, especially as collectivity, is a political process, thus the politics of memory and commemoration is an integral part of the establishment of new political regimes, new identities, and new principles of political legitimacy. This volume is about the explosion of the politics of memory triggered by the fall of state socialism in Eastern Europe, particularly about the politics of its commemoration twenty years later. It offers seventeen in-depth case studies, an original theoretical framework, and a comparative study of memory regime types and their origins. Four different kinds of mnemonic actors are identified: mnemonic warriors, mnemonic pluralists, mnemonic abnegator...

Rebellious Civil Society
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Rebellious Civil Society

Poland is the only country in which popular protest and mass opposition, epitomized by the Solidarity movement, played a significant role in bringing down the communist regime. This book, the first comprehensive study of the politics of protest in postcommunist Central Europe, shows that organized protests not only continued under the new regime but also had a powerful impact on Poland's democratic consolidation. Following the collapse of communism in 1989, the countries of Eastern Europe embarked on the gargantuan project of restructuring their social, political, economic, and cultural institutions. The social cost of these transformations was high, and citizens expressed their discontent i...

Power of Symbols Against the Symbols of Power
  • Language: en

Power of Symbols Against the Symbols of Power

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Postcommunism from Within
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Postcommunism from Within

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-08-26
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

While the decline of communism in the late twentieth century brought democracy, political freedom, and better economic prospects for many people, it also produced massive social dislocation and engendered social problems that were far less pronounced under the old regimes. The fall of state socialism led to enormously complex political, economic, social, and cultural transformations, and while political liberalization was a lofty goal, it was neither uniform in its effects nor unqualified in its benefits. Postcommunism from Within foregrounds the diversity of the historical experiences and current realities of people in the postcommunist region in examining how they are responding to these m...

Social and Political Instability in Poland
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 57

Social and Political Instability in Poland

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1992
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Piazzas and Pizzas
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Piazzas and Pizzas

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2002-04-01
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  • Publisher: iUniverse

Not since Mark Twain invaded Europe in Innocents Abroad has travel been so much fun, as we follow The Clean Plate Club through the daily ritual of morning coffee, frequent gelato, pranzo and cena. Punctuated by visits into museums, churches, and countless stores, in search of the Holy Bargain. Filled with humor, love, and an amazing number of incredibly helpful travel tips-- and more than a few cautionary traveler's misadventures. An irreverent, rollicking-and totally accurate-depiction of travel throughout Italy-loving every moment of it.

Where Did the Revolution Go?
  • Language: en

Where Did the Revolution Go?

Where Did the Revolution Go? considers the apparent disappearance of the large social movements that have contributed to democratization. Revived by recent events of the Arab Spring, this question is once again paramount. Is the disappearance real, given the focus of mass media and scholarship on electoral processes and 'normal politics'? Does it always happen, or only under certain circumstances? Are those who struggled for change destined to be disappointed by the slow pace of transformation? Which mechanisms are activated and deactivated during the rise and fall of democratization? This volume addresses these questions through empirical analysis based on quantitative and qualitative methods (including oral history) of cases in two waves of democratization: Central Eastern European cases in 1989 as well as cases in the Middle East and Mediterranean region in 2011.

Legacies and Memories in Movements
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 200

Legacies and Memories in Movements

The impact of legacies and memories on social movements has been paid only limited attention in what is now a sizeable literature. While there is a growing interest in memory, there is little systematic theory or comparative research on the long-lasting institutional consequences of important events--or how they are remembered by future generations. In Legacies and Memories in Movements, Donatella della Porta and her collaborators examine the concepts of historical legacy and memory, suggesting ways to apply them in analyses of the long-term effects of movements, movement participation, and movement strategies and tactics. In particular, they explore a critical juncture, rich with consequenc...

The Defeat of Solidarity
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 238

The Defeat of Solidarity

How did the fall of communism and the transition to capitalism in Eastern Europe affect the people who experienced it? Informed by years of fieldwork in Polish towns, interviews with workers and politicians, and reading of primary sources, Ost's book gives voice to those who have not been heard.