Europe : Lives in Transition

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Europe: lives in transition gives a voice to people living through transition, opening a door for outsiders to understand how such people have lived - an opportunity for one to speak and another to listen. The book has been deliberately written in an accessible, engaging and first-hand manner. Original quotes from various projects are woven together throughout the text.This book focuses explicitly on the experiences of respondents and functions largely to introduce themes and speakers. The principal themes are: identities, relationships, production, consumption and power. Except for selected crucial theoretical and methodological discussions, any academic commentary, which might overshadow the words of the respondents, is kept to a minimum. A key aim is to engage the readers with the text by confronting them with their own preconceptions and geographical imaginations. Each chapter opens with two activity sections to help readers think about the themes in broader terms, for example, by doing some research themselves. Each chapter closes with two further activity sections for review and more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 10mm | 561g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Prentice-Hall
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated
  • 0130910902
  • 9780130910905

Table of contents

1 Introduction (Bettina van Hoven, Tim Unwin, Alienke Jansen)Thinking about transitionApproach of this bookPedagogical structureThe themesReferences2 Transition in context: Theory in post-socialist transformations (John Pickles, Tim Unwin)Liberal political economies of transitionGrounded theory and the cultural turnRenegotiating Cold War politicsCultural memory and post-socialist identitiesTheorizing borderlandsRedrawing state boundaries and the cultural identities of borderlandsBorders, identities and the return to EuropeRethinking state socialist historyGlobalization and Pan-European geographiesConclusionSuggested readingReferences3 Understanding transition (Bettina van Hoven)A `West side' (short) story`East is East'Understanding transitionThem and UsDefining the Other"I am an interesting oddity"ConclusionReferences4 Researching transition (Bettina van Hoven (with all contributors))Edwin BakkerThomas BorenMoya FlynnSimon GroenIgnes GulyasKathrin HorschelmannBettina van HovenMargareta LeleaCarmella PfaffenbachSari PoyhonenIzabela RobinsonAlison StenningNigel SwainAurora TrifCraig Young, Sylwia Kaczmarek and Chrissie Gibson5 Identities (Bettina van Hoven)Finding factsUnderstanding terms and conceptsIdentities in transitionPlace identities in LodY/ PolandPlace identities in St. Petersburg/ RussiaPlace identities in Mecklenburg-Westpommerania/ the former GDRClaiming identities in Thuringia/ the former GDRClaiming identities in RussiaGender identities in the former GDRReview and discussionPerception and opinionSuggested reading6 Relationships (Bettina van Hoven)Finding factsUnderstanding terms and conceptsRelationships in transitionRemembering the co-operativeA feeling of samenessHolding the co-operative togetherStarting disintegration of the communityDisturbance in the communityFriendshipsFamilies: children and parentsMarriageRe-establishing new relationships?New community membersReview and discussionPerception and opinionSuggested reading7 Production (Bettina van Hoven)Finding factsUnderstanding terms and conceptsProduction in transitionRegional strategies within a Special Economic ZoneBusiness expansion for profitSurvival strategiesSuccessStruggleExploitationRestructuring (a manufacturing enterprise in Poland)Restructuring (publishing houses in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland)Positive experiences with Western management practicesNegative reactions to Western management practicesReview and discussionPerception and opinionSuggested reading8 Consumption (Bettina van Hoven) Finding factsUnderstanding terms and conceptsConsumption in transitionTourism and travelOpportunity: means to develop identityOpportunity: choiceBarrier: estrangementBarrier: lack of moneyConsuming the natural environment/ RussiaConsuming the natural environment/ PolandA system for consumption/ PolandA system for consumption/ HungarySelling the city/ PolandReview and discussionPerception and opinionSuggested reading9 Power (Bettina van Hoven)Finding factsUnderstanding terms and conceptsPower in transitionCollaboration between authorities and NGOsThe power of the peopleOutside the circle of powerPast empowermentThe next generationDepartureUncertainty and neglectReview and discussionPerception and opinionSuggested reading10 Looking back on `Lives in transition' (Bettina van Hoven)Materialsshow more