Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alison Stenning
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This paper seeks to build on ongoing work in east central Europe and the former Soviet Union-in geography and beyond-to think through the conceptualisation of post-socialism. The rationale for this is threefold. Firstly, we see a need to understand post-socialist conditions as they are lived and experienced by those in the region. Secondly, we seek to challenge the persistent tendency to marginalise the experiences of the non-western world in a discourse of globalisation and universalisation. Thirdly, we identify a need to ask how the conditions of post-socialism reshape our theorising more widely. Centring our analysis on history, geography and difference, we review a wide range of perspectives on the socialist and post-socialist, but argue for a strategic essentialism that recognises post-socialist difference without eclipsing differences. In outlining how we might understand history, geography and difference in post-socialism, we draw on key theorisations from post-colonialism (such as the articulation of the post- with the pre-, the relationship to the west, the rethinking of histories/categories, the end of the post) and outline post-socialisms that are partial and not always explanatory but nevertheless important. © 2008 The Author Journal compilation © 2008 Editorial Board of Antipode.
Author(s): Stenning AC, Hörschelmann K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/03/2008
ISSN (print): 0066-4812
ISSN (electronic): 1467-8330
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