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Course Description

This course examines the cultures, politics, and economic systems of socialist and post-socialist societies. Beginning with a historical overview of socialist and communist political and economic thought, this course aims to empirically examine core issues that shaped socialist societies as well as the lived experience of the collapse of state socialism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in 1989-1991 and the subsequent economic and cultural transformations associated with “post-socialism.” Utilizing a multidisciplinary set of texts drawn from anthropology, sociology, history and political science, this course examines a series of thematic topics as a way to gain a broad understanding of socialism and post-socialism, as well as more in-depth knowledge of particularly instructive case studies. These topics include: economic production and consumption; post-socialist privatization and property rights; memory and accountability; and citizenship and civil society.


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