Tag: postsocialism

Maria Gunko: Violent faces of the Russian state

 “Our whole state manifested itself in [Verkhniy] Lars, in a concentrated form: violence, mess, corruption, and indifference” – told me Vadim, who left Russia through Georgia shortly after…

Chris Hann: The Agony of Ukraine

After nearly two weeks of violent conflict in Ukraine, it is increasingly difficult to stand back and see the bigger picture. The West has lined up behind the…

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn: When Western Anti-Imperialism Supports Imperialism

The invasion of Ukraine has been a shock not just to Eastern Europe, but to the post World War II international order.  While the fundamental tenets of postwar…

Paul Stubbs: Liminal Temporalities of Hope in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Image 1: Shows Tuzla Plenum, 2014 (Photograph by Tamara Opačić from H-Alter, 17 February 2014, http://h-alter.org/vijesti/plenum-je-uvijek-korak-ispred, Used with permission). The space where I li…

Fieldnotes on Bribes, Smiles, and Myths

This summer, a new billboard in Vilnius Old Town, caught my eye. A healthy-looking man was pointing his finger up and informing Lithuanians, “Don’t Believe the Myths—patients are…

Book Review: Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia by Tomas Matza

In Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia, Thomas Matza offers an ethnographic account that explores the rise of psychotherapy in post-socialist Russia. Through in…

Politics by Other Means: Health in Việt Nam by Martha Lincoln

My research in Việt Nam addresses how medicine, health, and disease function as political and cultural signifiers as well as telegraphing – in the form of epidemiological data…

Deborah A. Jones’ “Afterlives & Other Lives: Semiosis and History in 21st Century Ukraine”

Page 99 of my dissertation falls toward the beginning of a monster chapter exploring my rural interlocutors’ fight for land rights, encounters with the legal system, and conceptions…

Eeva Kesküla: How capitalists think about labor dynasties and corporate ethics

This contribution looks at the implications of how capitalists think about corporate ethics and moral obligations in monoindustrial towns. I present the cases of two mining towns in…

Book Forum: Larisa Jašarević’s Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market by Larisa Kurtović

  In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in…

Chris Hann: Hayek versus Polanyi in Montréal: Global society as markets, all the way across?

The workshop “Geographies of Markets”—hosted over three days in mid-June 2017 by the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy at Concordia University, Montréal—gave scholars from a wide range…

The Force of Custom in Kyrgyzstan: Allegra’s Judith Beyer discusses her new book

Sean Guillory of Sean’s Russia Blog spoke with our Publications and Reviews Editor Judith Beyer about her book The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday…

Aftertaste: memories of #postsocialism

Allegra’s thematic thread on #postsocialism is coming to its end. We hope that the eight delicious specialties Allegra served you over the past two weeks have pleased your…

REDUX: #Review: Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World #postsocialism

Patterns of food provision and consumption have become objects of increasing concern among both scholars and activists. In the last few decades, the ways in which food is…

Searching for (post-)Soviet taste #postsocialism

This project was inspired by a curiosity in whether people from the former Soviet states, more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union, share similar…

REDUX: Border Work by Madeleine Reeves #postsocialism

In contemporary political anthropology, ‘the state’ is a curious as if  object (Navaro-Yashin 2002). It has come to dominate the sub-discipline since the 1990s. Students of the state…

REDUX: Rethinking Refugees: Afghan Traders and Exiles in the Former Soviet Union #postsocialism

This piece explores the activities of Afghan merchants in the former Soviet Union especially Tajikistan in Central Asia and Russia and Ukraine. It brings attention to the problems…

The Art of Being IN: Road tripping, photographing and hanging out in post-soviet Russia #INTERVIEW

Yesterday we opened the AVMoFA’s first summer exhibition – Die SommerWende  – and today we are very pleased to meet the artist, Axel Schön, in person and talk…