Czech Political Prisoners

Czech Political Prisoners : Recovering Face

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Czech Political Prisoners is about the legacy of political violence under socialism in the heart of Eastern Europe. In light of reconciliation in post-socialist Czech Republic, former political prisoners' various memories reveal how the notions of time, space, and law were altered under the long-term terror of a totalitarian regime. Claiming their lost social face, political prisoners reveal their redefined subjectivities and new forms of social relations-kinship and citizenship.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 20mm | 458.13g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 20 Halftones, black and white
  • 073917634X
  • 9780739176344

About Jana Kopelentova Rehak

Jana Kopelentova Rehak, PhD, is an assistant professor of anthropology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and an affiliate faculty at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She received her Doctoral degree from the Anthropology Department at American University in Washington, DC, her MFA from the University of Delaware in Newark and a BA from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, the Czech Republic. Her research specializations include Central Eastern Europe as well as urban North America. In Central Eastern Europe her research is focused on political life, aging, migration, minorities, language, visual culture and ecology. In the United States she practices applied anthropology of urban life focused on housing, education, health, migration, environment and public art in Baltimore City. Her background in cultural anthropology and the visual arts has shaped her multidisciplinary perspective on the social sciences and humanities.show more

Review quote

An in-depth, analytically rich, and emotionally moving account of the lives of Czech political prisoners, this book makes a rare contribution to post-socialist studies. Rehak's examination of how political oppression and recovery reshape subjectivity speaks to some key issues in contemporary scholarship on political violence, history, and memory. -- Susanna Trnka, The University of Auckland A powerful testimony of the brutal era of Czech Communist supremacy. The author's personal remarks and compassion for victims-the political prisoners that she interviewed over the years-make this book the most knowledgeable and passionate read. -- Karen von Kunes Jana Rehak's book is a combination of rich theoretical content and analysis with a heartfelt identification with former political prisoners in her Czech homeland. Her photo-ethnography is a 'must read' for those concerned with power and identity. This little-known history of Cold War labor camps is told with conviction in the voices of those suffering the results of political oppression. It is an intelligent and moving testimony. -- Gretchen Schafft, PhD, MHS, American Universityshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Foreword Part I. Losing Face Photos Chapter One: Owners Of Pain Chapter Two: Arrest Chapter Three: Interrogation Chapter Four: Trial Part II. Reconciliation Chapter Five: Recovering Lost Face Chapter Six: Beyond Ceremonial Sound Chapter Seven: Last Visit Conclusion References Index About the Authorshow more