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On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany (New Anthropologies of Europe) Hardcover – December 23, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: New Anthropologies of Europe
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (December 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025335434X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253354341
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,200,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The wide-ranging themes of this marvelous collection—memory and history, consumption, citizenship, nostalgia, identity, postsocialism—are unified by Daphne Berdahl's sophisticated overarching conception of their interconnections and her splendid gift for ethnography. A valuable and enduring resource for anyone interested in socialism's aftermath." —Katherine Verdery, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

(Katherine Verdery, The Graduate Center, City University of New York)

"This collection is an excellent introduction to Daphne Berdahl's generous and insightful ethnography... [R]eaders will be rewarded by her perceptive research, skillful prose, and humanizing insights." —H-SAE, April, 2011

(H-SAE 2011-01-00)

"This highly readable book spans a full life of research and offers researchers and students alike an opportunity to continue the discussions which Berdahl pioneered as the historical events themselves were taking place." —German Studies Review

(German Studies Review)

"As a posthumous publication and deserved labour of love, this compilation understandably has some repetitions and loose ends, but also highly suggestive arguments that remain ours to pursue. It is a pleasure to follow Berdahl's lines of thought and growth as a scholar, her consummate fieldwork and writing." —Anthropological Notebooks

(Anthropological Notebooks)

About the Author

Daphne Berdahl (1964–2007) was Associate Professor of Anthropology and Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Where the World Ended: Re-Unification and Identity in the German Borderland and editor (with Matti Bunzl and Martha Lampland) of Altering States: Ethnographies of Transition in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

Matti Bunzl is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna and Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Hatreds Old and New in Europe.

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