This book focuses on communities in the east European transition and the diverse issues which people face in them on a daily basis. It is organized around three themes: economic change and privatization; the transformation of social and political organization; and changing community belief system.
1. Communities in the East European Transition Part One: Challenges of Privatization and the Market 2. Labyrinths of Freedom: An Agricultural Community in Post-Socialist Hungary 3. An Old Song in a New Voice: Decollectivization in Bulgaria 4. Two Incidents on the Plains in Southern Transylvania: Pitfalls of Privatization in a Romanian Community 5. Agricultural Transformation and Social Change in an East German County 6. A Polish Village in the Process of Transformation Towards a Market Economy Part Two: Society Up For Grabs 7. Ferenc Erdei and Antal Vermes: The Struggle for Balance in Rural Hungary 8. Changing Conflicts and Their Resolution in Polish Communities Today 9. Uneasy Accommodation: Ethnicity and Politics in Rural Bulgaria 10. All Is Possible, Nothing Is Certain: The Horizons of Transition in a Romanian Village Part Three: Debates over Meaning and Identities 11. From Decollectivization to Poverty and Beyond: Women in Rural East Germany Before and After Unification 12. Roma of Shuto Orizari, Macedonia: Class, Politics, and Community 13. Social Change as Reflected in the Lives of Bulgarian Villagers 14. A Rural Business Class in Transition: Observations from a Polish Region