By Michael D. Kennedy

"Transition" is the identify regularly given to the time of radical switch following the autumn of communism, connoting a shift from deliberate to marketplace economic climate, from dictatorship to democracy. Transition can also be, in Michael Kennedy's research, a tradition in its personal correct -- with its personal contentions, repressions, and unrealized potentials. by way of elaborating transition as a tradition of strength and viewing it in its complicated relation to emancipation, nationalism, and warfare, Kennedy's publication clarifies the variations of postcommunism in addition to, extra quite often, the ways that tradition articulates social switch. This bold paintings is, in impression, a nuanced critical-cultural sociology of change.

Kennedy examines transition culture's historic beginning by means of the connection between perestroika, Poland, and Hungary, and considers its constitution and perform within the following decade throughout fields and countries. His wide-ranging research -- of the artifacts of transition culture's proponents, of interviews with prone and recipients of technical tips in company throughout jap Europe, and of concentration teams assessing the successes and screw ups of social swap in Estonia and Ukraine -- indicates a transition tradition deeply implicated in nationalism. yet this organization, Kennedy contends, isn't really inevitably antithetical to transition's emancipation. via reconsidering transition culture's courting to the Wars of Yugoslav Succession and communism's negotiated cave in in Poland and Hungary, he indicates how transition should be reconceived by way of harmony, freedom, and peace.

Distinguished via its specialise in tradition, not just inside of specific international locations yet within the transnational communityorganized round transition, this ebook may also help reframe the talk approximately postcommunist social change.

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