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Social Currents in Eastern Europe By Sabrina Petra Ramet

Social Currents in Eastern Europe
by Sabrina Petra Ramet

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Traces the diverse social currents that developed alongside and interacted with political and economic forces to bring about change in Eastern Europe. This book shows how the processes leading to the collapse of communism began more than a decade earlier and how they were necessarily manifested in spheres as diverse as religion and rock music.
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Social Currents in Eastern Europe: The Sources and Consequences of the Great Transformation by Sabrina Petra Ramet

Social Currents in Eastern Europe traces the diverse social currents that have developed alongside and interacted with political and economic forces to bring about change in Eastern Europe. In this second edition-which significantly updates and expands the previous edition to include a new introduction, revisions throughout, as well as five new chapters, including timely material on ethnic war in the former Yugoslavia-Ramet extends and develops the theory of social change upon which the book is based.
Ramet draws on interviews conducted over a ten-year period with individuals active in arenas for social change-intellectual dissent, feminism, religious activism, youth cultures and movements, and trade unionism-in eight East European countries: East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania. She shows how the processes leading to the ultimate collapse of communism began more than a decade earlier and how they were necessarily manifested in spheres as diverse as religion and rock music.
Ramet also examines the consequences of the "Great Transformation" and analyzes the numerous unresolved problems that these societies currently confront, whether it be in the arena of economics, political legitimation, or the challenges of establishing a civil society free of chauvinism.

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Social Currents in Eastern Europe Reviews


"Ramet thoroughly examines how societal changes catalyzed political changes in Eastern Europe. . . . Religion, rock, feminism, and environmental activism are among the areas she explores in this engaging, well-written survey."
--Current History

About Sabrina Petra Ramet


Sabrina P. Ramet is Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Nihil Obstat (Duke University Press).

Table of Contents


Tables ix
Preface to the Second Edition x
Preface to the First Edition xi
Abbreviations xv
I. Introduction 3
2. Social Currents and Social Change 24
II. Dissent and Parallel Society in the 1980s
3. Disaffection and Dissent in East Germany 55
4. Underground Solidarity and Parallel Society in Poland 84
5. Independent Activism in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Romania 120
III. Religious and Ethnic Currents
6. Religious Change and New Cults in Eastern Europe 155
7. Church and Dissent in Praetorian Poland 178
8. Serb-Albanian Tensions in Kosovo 196
IV. A New Generation
9. Feminism in Yugoslavia 219
10. Rock Music and Counterculture 234
11. Young People: The Lost Generation 262
V. Collapse of the Old Order
12. Bulgaria: A Weak Society 279
13. Strong Societies: Hungary, Poland, and Yugoslavia 288
14. Dominoes: East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the Future of Europe 313
15. The Great Transformation 338
VI. Building New Systems
16. Core Tasks for a Pluralist Order 371
17. Yugoslav Breakup and Ethnic War 401
18. Civil Society and Uncivil Chauvinism 431
19. Propositions About the Future 455
Appendixes: Public Opinion Polls 461
Notes 483
Selected Bibliography 565
Index 569

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GOR010232825
Social Currents in Eastern Europe: The Sources and Consequences of the Great Transformation by Sabrina Petra Ramet
Sabrina Petra Ramet
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Duke University Press
1994-06-01
616
0822315483
9780822315483
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