SOC763 Changing Political and Social Identities in Post-Cold War Central Europe

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Miklós Vörös, Ph.D. (lecturer), doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D. (deputy)
Supervisor
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
Thu 3. 3. 14:00–18:30 U34, Thu 24. 3. 14:00–18:30 U34, Thu 14. 4. 14:00–18:30 U34, Thu 5. 5. 14:00–18:30 U34
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 8 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/8, only registered: 0/8
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
there are 6 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to: understand and explain a variety of themes concerning the reconstruction of social identities in Central Europe after the fall of communism.
demonstrate various cultural patterns of continuity and change on the ground of theoretically framed case studies that compare pre-communist, communist and post-communist phenomena.
understand the political reconstruction of memories and identities in the conditions of cultural revolutions
interpret the establishment of post-socialist hegemony in relation to cultural practices of nationalism
grasp the challenge of re-emerging forms of ethnic conflict and solidarity in the form of mythic and utopian imaginary communities
Syllabus
  • Introduction: The experience of total wars and world revolutions – Eric Hobsbawm, Age of Extremes (Vintage, 1996) pp. 21-53.
  • Modernity, trust and identity – Mabel Berezin, Making the Fascist Self. (Cornell University Press, 1997) pp. 11-38.
  • Recurrent modernization: industrial, political and cultural revolutions – Christopher Read, ed. The Stalin Years. (Palgrave, 2003) pp. 23-101
  • The establishment of socialist and post-socialist cultural hegemony - Katherine Verdery, What Was Socialism and What Comes Next (Princeton University Press, 1996). pp.19 -57
  • Post-socialist nationalism and anti-feminism. - Katherine Verdery, What Was Socialism and What Comes Next (Princeton University Press, 1996). pp. 61-103.
  • National minorities and the challenge of re-emerging forms of conflict and solidarity – Rogers Brubaker, Nationalism Reframed. (Cambridge University Press, 1996) pp. 13-22, 55-76.
  • The sense of historical injustice and the symbolic power of resentment – Rogers Brubaker, Nationalism Reframed. (Cambridge University Press, 1996) pp. 79-147.
  • Migration, displacement and post-colonial identities in Central Europe – David D. Laitin, Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (Cornell University Press, 1998). pp. 3-58.
  • Strategies of cultural assimilation and the politics of naming – David D. Laitin, Identity in Formation: The Russian-Speaking Populations in the Near Abroad (Cornell University Press, 1998). pp. 243-299.
  • The cultural power of naming and political struggle – Pierre Bourdieu, Language and Symbolic Power. (Polity Press, 1992). pp. 220-251.
  • Nationality, citizenship and social integration in the New Europe – Jürgen Habermas, The Inclusion of the Other. (MIT Press, 1999). pp. 105-127.
Literature
  • Berdahl, Daphne. Where the World Ended. Re-Unification and Identity in the German Borderland. University of California Press 1999.
  • The Stalin years :a reader. Edited by Christopher Read. 1st pub. Houndmills: Palgrave, 2003. xviii, 241. ISBN 0-333-96343-1. info
  • HABERMAS, Jürgen. The inclusion of the other : studies in political theory. Edited by Ciaran Cronin - Pablo De Greiff. 2nd print. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999. xxxvii, 30. ISBN 0262082675. info
  • LAITIN, David D. Identity in formation : the russian-speaking populations in the near abroad. 1st pub. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. xiv, 417. ISBN 0801484952. info
  • BEREZIN, Mabel. Making the fascist self : the political culture of interwar Italy. 1st pub. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997. xiv, 267. ISBN 0801484200. info
  • BRUBAKER, Rogers. Nationalism reframed : nationhood and the national question in the new Europe. 1st pub. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. xi, 202. ISBN 0521576490. info
  • VERDERY, Katherine. What was socialism, and what comes next? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. 298 s. ISBN 069101132X. info
  • HOBSBAWM, Eric J. Age of extremes :the short twentieth century 1914-1991. 1st pub. London: Abacus, 1994. xii, 627 s. ISBN 0-349-10671-1. info
  • BOURDIEU, Pierre. Language and symbolic power. Edited by John B. Thompson. 1st pub. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992. ix, 302 s. ISBN 0-7456-0097-2. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussions, presentations,group projects.
Assessment methods
8 ECTS credits path: presentation, final paper 15 ECTS credits path: presentation, final paper, written examination
Language of instruction
English
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
General note: Teaching Days: Thursday 3.3., 24.3., 14.5., 5.5. 2016. From 2,00 - 6,30 p.m. room U 34.
Information on course enrolment limitations: The course will not be taught in case less than 5 enrolled students
Teacher's information
Final paper assignment (Both for 15 and 8 ECTS students):

The paper should be submitted to: 5918@mail.muni.cz Deadline: 24.05.2010 The final paper consists of critical interpretation of a book: Daphne Berdahl. Where the World Ended: Re-Unification and Identity in the German Borderland. (University of California Press, 1999). The paper should contain 3000 words (there is a tolerance from 2800 to 3200 words). The paper has to contain (a) a short recapitulation of a core ideas of a book, (b) an interpretation of these core ideas grounded in a wider theoretical context, and (c) a critical commentary based on a secondary literature.

The final paper must follow the classic format: (a) The paper has a specific title related to its content and main thesis. Students put their name under the title. (b) The first part provides an introduction to the main thesis of the paper. (c) Then, in the main part of the paper, arguments and counterarguments are developed and illustrative examples and evidence for and against them are provided. (d) Finally, it restates the main thesis in the conclusion. (e) The paper ends with bibliography in ASA citation format.(http://www.calstatela.edu/library/bi/rsalina/asa.styleguide.html)

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and will constitute grounds for failing the course. Generally, students are expected to use their own words and develop their own arguments, but if they do borrow ideas or words from someone else, this must be acknowledged. All direct quotes must be in quotation marks. Both direct quotes and ideas from someone else that are paraphrased must be associated with a precise bibliographic reference in ASA citation format that in addition includes page numbers! Students can be asked by instructors to provide an evidence of their reading of all texts that are included in the bibliography.

Written exam (Only for 15 ECTS students)

The exam will last 90 minutes. Student will answer 3 questions writing short essays based on the following books:

Verdery, Katherine. What was socialism, and what comes next? Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996. (298 pages)

Brubaker, Rogers. Nationalism reframed :nationhood and the national question in the new Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. (202 pages)

Laitin, David D. Identity in formation :the russian-speaking populations in the near abroad. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998. (417 pages)

The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2006, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015.
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