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11/15: Ethnography in Life Exposed

This novel provides a unique examination of the Chernobyl disaster through the approach of ethnography. Author Adriana Petryna examines Ukraine’s fusion of governance and humanism post-disaster and thus, examines the emergence of biological citizenship (“the social practice that has emerged … Continue reading

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Film Reaction: Lives of Others

I really enjoyed the film Lives of Others. Much like the movie Goodbye Lenin, it provided a more personal narrative than those presented in our readings. However, in contrast to Goodbye Lenin, the personal narrative came not from the perspective … Continue reading

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Book Review: Women’s Health in Post-Soviet Russia

Book Review—Women’s Health in Post-Soviet Russia Summary The book Women’s Health in Post-Soviet Russia is an account of the politics surrounding the transformation and privatization (both officially and unofficially) of the Russian health care system. It examines gender and health … Continue reading

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Chesky Sen Film Reaction

The film Chesky Sen (Czech Dream) was both entertaining and wildly imaginative. Beyond these alluring ‘surface’ characteristics, its dialogue alluded to larger social implications. Specifically, it connotes the power—and arguably ‘grip’—a capitalist society (and economy) holds over its inhabitants. We … Continue reading

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Socialist/Post-Socialist Goods: Mocca Fix Gold & Spreewald Pickles

With the collapse of the GDR in 1990, the process of reunification took the stage. The fusion with the West proved itself painful—both politically and economically. The people witnessed the privatization of over 14,000 East German companies accompanied by the … Continue reading

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10/4: Niche Marketing

In the spring of 1996—approximately four years post-purchase of Alima by Gerber—the company launched an innovative beverage line. Unveiled by the Polish head of the marketing division, this new product was everything that its forefathers weren’t. It was bright and … Continue reading

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9/20: Decollectivization in Romania

In chapter six, Verdery examines the historical elasticity of land—its processes and consequently, its problems—in Romania [specifically Transylvania]. Law 18 (1991)—or the Law on Agricultural Land Resources—revoked land from collective farms (or CAPs) and returned [and redistributed] the land to … Continue reading

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9/14: Analysis of Socialist Production Simulation

Tuesday’s socialist production simulation aimed to portray—to provide both a current and relevant example—of the workings of socialist production [both advantageous and disadvantageous]. Foremost, it allowed me to better understand the production process as a whole—particularly, the extent to which … Continue reading

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Verdery 9/6: Socialist Production & Consumption

Author Katherine Verdery explores and defines the sphere of socialism—its theories, its ideologies—as she highlights the converse principles of socialist production and consumption. Socialist production, according to Verdery, takes its roots in “centralized planning”—an ill-thought system of proposing all they … Continue reading

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