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The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change (Harriman Lectures)

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Since 1989, scores of bodies across Eastern Europe have been exhumed and brought to rest in new gravesites. Verdery investigates why certain corpses have taken on political life in the turbulent times following the end of Communist Party rule.

Book News Annotation:

Verdery (anthropology, Center for Russian and East European Studies, U. of Michigan) examines why certain corpses have become intensely meaningful symbols during the turbulent times following the end of Communist Party rule throughout eastern Europe and discusses the role of reburial in revising the past and reorienting the present.
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Synopsis:

Since 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.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-175) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231112307
Author:
Verdery, Katherine
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Ancestor worship
Subject:
Dead
Subject:
Europe, Eastern Politics and government.
Subject:
Russia (Federation) Politics and government.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Series:
Harriman Lectures
Publication Date:
19990331
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.25x6.23x.89 in. .93 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe

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"Synopsis" by , Since 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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