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Taking Stock of Shock: Social Consequences of the 1989 Revolutions

Kristen Ghodsee and Mitchell Orenstein

Abstract

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book evaluates the social consequences of the post-1989 transition from state socialism to free market capitalism across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Blending ethnographic accounts with economic, demographic, and public opinion data, it provides insight into the development of new, unequal, social orders. It explores the contradictory narratives on transition promoted by Western international institutions and their opponents, one of qualified success and another of epic catastrophe, and surprisingly shows that data support both narrativ ... More

Keywords: ethnography, demography, public opinion, political economy, postsocialism, postcommunism, transition, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, neoliberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197549230
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197549230.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen Ghodsee, author
Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Mitchell Orenstein, author
Professor of Russian and East European Studies, University of Pennsylvania