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Beyond Glasnost: The Post-Totalitarian Mind
Synopses & Reviews
"Beyond Glasnost is a thoughtful exploration of the past decade's cultural and political ferment in Eastern Europe. It is also something else: an argument—in a deceptively unassuming, anti-ideological voice—about how to conceive of and move toward freedom; an argument that could hardly be more relevant to the roiling debates on the Western left."—Ellen Willis, Village Voice
Book News Annotation:
Combining social scientific and humanistic approaches, Goldfarb (sociology, New School for Social Research) portrays an alternative way of thinking and living in the Soviet bloc. His account of repression and liberation offers insight into the politics of culture, revealing the deep changes in Eastern Europe.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of The Cynical Society and On Cultural Freedom, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Jan Jozef Szczepanski
Part One - Totalitarianism
1. What Is Totalitarianism?
2. Newspeak and the Politics of Force
3. The Limits of Newspeak
Part Two - Post-Totalitarianism
4. Truth, Politics, and Autonomous Culture
5. Autonomous Politics
Part Three - The Post-Totalitarian Mind and the Neototalitarian State
6. The Post-Totalitarian Terrain
7. The Withering Away of Totalitarianism?
Epilogue: Them and Us
What Our Readers Are Saying