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On the East-West Slope

Globalization, nationalism, racism and discourses on Central and Eastern Europe

Attila Melegh, sociologist, economist and historian by training. He has taught in the United States, Russia, Georgia and Hungary, now is a lecturer at Corvinus University, Budapest, and also works for the Demographic Research Institute. Beside discourse analysis he also does research on sociological and historical aspects of globalization and international migration.

Melegh's work offers a powerful analysis of the sociological and symbolic meanings of East-West in Europe after the end of the Cold War. Melegh exposes the underbelly of liberal characterizations of East-West, highlighting the polarizing effect of extreme nationalism and ethnic racism. The theoretical underpinnings of this work involve the ideas of preeminent theorists such as Karl Mannheim, Michel Foucault and more recently Maria Todorova and Iver Neumann. The importance of this work lies in its ability to cast into fine relief how the "East-West Slope" oriented negatively from West to East has emerged from liberal characterizations of this project. In addition this is one of the first attempts to link post-colonial analysis to developments in Eastern Europe.

Contents

List of Tables Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1. Liberal humanitarian utopia and Eastern and Central Europe Chapter 2. Population discourses and East-West exclusions Chapter 3. Floating East. Eastern and Central Europe on the map of global institutional actors Chapter 4. I am suspicious of myself. East-West narratives at the turn of the millennium Conclusion The sociology of the East-West slope and the recomposition of Eastern Europe. Bibliography


"This very interesting book contributes a very different perspective that seeks to explain the rise of intolerance and racism in postcommunist east-central Europe. In many ways the argument is quite novel and provides a welcome addition to the existing literature on nationalism and racism in postcommunist Europe." - Slavic Review

 

2006
230 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-24-0 cloth $50.00 / € 45.00 / £40.00

 

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