Author Archives: Andrew Asher

Final Project–East Germany

For their final project, this group created a documentary journal written from the standpoint of a 14 year old girl experiencing the end of socialism in Germany. This presentation explains the context of the journal: Anthropology 284 on Prezi The … Continue reading

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Dec. 1, 2011: Case Study: Frankfurt(Oder)/Slubice

In our penultimate class we will take a look at the case study of the border cities of Frankfurt(Oder), Germany and Slubice, Poland, and their relationship to the European Union. Readings: Asher, Andrew (2005) A Paradise on the Oder? Ethnicity, … Continue reading

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Nov. 29, 2011– The European Union and Eastern Europe

In our final week of class, we will examine the social and political processes surrounding the expansion of the European Union into Eastern Europe. Readings: József Böröcz and Mahua Sarkar (2005) What is the EU? International Sociology 20(2):153-173. Cris Shore … Continue reading

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Final presentations

Remember that final presentations are due Dec. 6 in class!

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Nov. 10, 2011–Citizens after Socialism

This week and next we will examine the meanings of citizenship in Ukraine in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster and the collapse of socialism.  We will especially look at how people managed their statuses in the face of uncertainty,  … Continue reading

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Week 13–Blog Post: Biological Citizens

Throughout Life Exposed, Adriana Petryna gives ethnographic examples of people who were effected by the Chernobyl disaster.  Choose one example that you find compelling and explain why.  How is this person expressing biological citizenship and/or seeking justice? Your response is … Continue reading

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Oct. 25, 2011: Justice and Germany’s Unification

This week we will examine the possibilities for and implications of seeking retributive justice in post-socialist Germany. We’ll also continue our discussion of German unification, as well as how nostalgia and memory were portrayed in Goodbye Lenin! Readings: John Borneman, … Continue reading

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Goodbye Lenin Commentary

Please post your brief commentary on Goodbye Lenin! in the comments section of this post.  

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Oct. 18, 2011: Where the World Ended

This week we will continue our discussion of borders and border theory, as well as consumption and the creation of social difference. Readings: Daphne Berdahl, Where the World Ended, CH 4-5.    

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Oct. 13, 2011: The East/West German Border

This week we will be discussing Where the World Ended as a case study on post-socialist borders and German unification. Readings: Daphne Berdahl, Where the World Ended, Introduction, Ch 1-3.  

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