The book traces three main approaches to the sociology of post-Soviet societies: studies guided by neoliberal theory and/or practice; work which may be termed neoconservative in orientation, and which is often a response to the first; and a third type of work that is considered both critical and reflexive, and which seeks to transcend the limitations of the other approaches. The book is divided into three parts, addressing polity, culture and economy. In each section, authors endeavour to transcend both neoliberalism and neoconservatism, and reach for a third approach, ‘critical social science’. This is a broad movement, and the authors vary in their own explanatory and normative ideas as they carve out frameworks that will enable them to develop a more rigorous and at the same time more comprehensive and critical understanding of social change.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2007. 367 pp.
Contents: Sarah Amsler/Balihar Sanghera: Introduction. Post-Soviet Social Science: Reaching Beyond Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism
– Boris Kapustin: Violence and Post-Communism – Vanessa Ruget: Social Rights and Citizenship in Kyrgyzstan: A Communitarian
Perspective – George Welton/Adrian Brisku: Contradictory Inclinations? The Role of ‘Europe’ in Albanian Nationalist Discourse
– Donnacha Ó Beacháin: Transformation of Social Status: Ethnic Russians in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan – Zoltán Berényi: Weak Civic
Culture in Hungary: An Examination of Some Consequences of Economic Inequality – Stephan E. Nikolov: The Constrained Development
of Non-Profit Organisations in Bulgaria – Sarah Amsler: Knowledge, Freedom and Post-Soviet Imperialism: The Case of Social
Science in Kyrgyzstan – Anna Horolets: Media and Politics in Transitional Poland: Symbiosis or Adversary Relations? – Ivan
Chorvát: Family and Women in Central and Eastern Europe: The Significance of Traditional Roles after Socialism – Olga Boiko/Elena
Chernyshkova: Social Policy Issues through the Discourse of the Russian Press – Julia Droeber: Social Embedding of a Local
Economy: Agricultural Transition and the Dungan Minority in Kyrgyzstan – Sebastian Eckardt/Andreas Goldthau: Reforming into
Growth or Growing into Reform? A Critical Note on the Post Washington Consensus – Lukasz Hardt: Institutional Disequilibrium:
Formal Institutions in Polish Cultural Space – Maks Kobonbaev: The Failed Transition from a Planned to a Market System in
Kyrgyzstan – Balihar Sanghera/Aibek Ilyasov: Theorising Morality and Economic Behaviour in Kyrgyzstan: Some Issues of Professional