The Political Lives of Dead Bodies
Reburial and Postsocialist Change
By (author) Katherine Verdery
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Political Lives of Dead Bodies by Katherine Verdery
Book DescriptionSince 1989, scores of bodies across Eastern Europe have been exhumed and brought to rest in new gravesites. Katherine Verdery investigates why certain corpses-the bodies of revolutionary leaders, heroes, artists, and other luminaries, as well as more humble folk-have taken on a political life in the turbulent times following the end of Communist Party rule, and what roles they play in revising the past and reorienting the present. Enlivening and invigorating the dialogue on postsocialist politics, this imaginative study helps us understand the dynamic and deeply symbolic nature of politics-and how it can breathe new life into old bones.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231112314
(226mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Katherine Verdery
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Vanishing Hectare, Paperback (November 2003)
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What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?, Paperback (February 1996)» View all books by Katherine Verdery
Presents a collection of essays that deal with the aftermath of Soviet-style socialism and the different forms that may replace it. This book explores the nature of socialism in order to understand its consequences.
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Author Biography - Katherine Verdery
Katherine Verdery is Eric R. Wolf Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?; National Ideology Under Socialism; and Transylvanian Villagers.
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