Culture and Society after Socialism

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  1. The Gumilev Mystique
    In The Gumilev Mystique, Mark Bassin investigates the complex structure of Lev Gumilev's theories, revealing how they reflected and helped shape a variety of academic as well as political and social discourses in the USSR, and... Learn More
    Published: 4th February 2016
    Hardback | £77.00
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  2. Border Work
    Through an ethnography of social and spatial practice at the limits of the state, this book explores the contested work of producing and policing "territorial integrity" when significant stretches of new international borders... Learn More
    Published: 18th March 2014
    Hardback | £72.00
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  3. Not Quite Shamans
    An ethnography of recent societal transformations in Mongolia and their impact on local belief systems.... Learn More
    Published: 18th March 2011
    Hardback | £74.00
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  4. The Old Faith and the Russian Land
    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...... Learn More
    Published: 22nd October 2009
    Hardback | £78.00
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  5. Needed by Nobody
    This book offers a nuanced portrait of homelessness in St. Petersburg. Based on ethnographic work at railway stations, soup kitchens, and other places where the homeless gather, it describes the material and mental world of this... Learn More
    Published: 27th August 2009
    Hardback | £67.00
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  6. The Captive and the Gift
    Bruce Grant explores the long relationship between Russia and the Caucasus and the means by which sovereignty has been exercised in this contested area.... Learn More
    Published: 7th May 2009
    Hardback | £73.00
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  7. The Patriotism of Despair
    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... Learn More
    Published: 30th April 2009
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  8. Overkill
    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...... Learn More
    Published: 31st October 2007
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  9. Communities of the Converted
    After decades of official atheism, a religious renaissance swept through much of the former Soviet Union beginning in the late 1980s. The Calvinist-like austerity and fundamentalist ethos that had evolved among sequestered and... Learn More
    Published: 7th September 2007
    Paperback | £26.99
  10. How Russia Really Works
    Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s.... Learn More
    Published: 26th October 2006
    Hardback | £79.00
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  11. Defending the Border
    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.... Learn More
    Published: 21st September 2006
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  12. Contested Tongues
    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... Learn More
    Published: 5th January 2006
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  13. Empire of Nations
    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.... Learn More
    Published: 10th May 2005
    Hardback | £84.00
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  14. Privatizing Poland
    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... Learn More
    Published: 11th May 2004
    Paperback | £19.99
  15. Russia Gets the Blues
    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... Learn More
    Published: 2nd April 2004
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  16. The Vanishing Hectare
    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... Learn More
    Published: 14th November 2003
    Paperback | £28.99
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