Neoliberalism, Personhood, and Postsocialism: Enterprising Selves in Changing Economies (Paperback)Nicolette Makovicky (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"This timely volume builds on current debates regarding post-socialism and neoliberalism and, offering detailed ethnographic observation, makes a convincing case for the value of nuanced, empirically grounded approaches to neoliberalism and some of its key concepts. Eschewing the simplistic and the abstract, it shows what neoliberalism means for particular people, in particular places and times." Victoria Goddard, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
"The volume s great merit lies in its problematisation of the dichotomy between the passive socialist and enterprising capitalist (or neoliberal ) citizen. This reviewer agrees with Annist, that the perpetuation of this dichotomy plays into a convenient myth that post-socialist citizens have to rid themselves of their alleged Soviet-era torpor and involve themselves in public affairs, a myth that can itself be used by the political elite to justify more neoliberal transformations of the public sector and legitimate harsh welfare cuts. It is for this important insight, as well as for the captivating expositions of everyday life in conditions of post-socialism, that this book is recommended." Catherine Owen, Shaanxi Normal University, Europe-Asia Studies"