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Post-Communist Aesthetics

Revolutions, capitalism, violence, 1st Edition

By Anca M. Pusca


146 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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In this book, Anca Pusca seeks to extend the aesthetic and cultural turn in international relations to an analysis of post-communist transitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Building on the philosophy of Walter Benjamin and Jacques Ranciere, the work investigates how post-communist film, photography, theatre, art, museumization and architecture have creatively re-engaged with ideas of revolution, communism, capitalism and ethnic violence, and how this in turn has helped people survive and reinvent themselves amongst the material and ideological ruins of communism. The work illustrates how popular culture has effectively targeted and re-interpreted the classical representations of the transition in order to question:

• The origin – focusing on practices of re-staging, memorializing and questioning the 1989 revolutions.

• The unfolding – focusing on the human and material consequences of significant changes in processes of production and consumption.

• The potential end – focusing on the illusions and disillusions surrounding the 'transition' process.  

A unique take on the influence that popular culture has had and continues to have on how we understand the post-communist transitions, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of cultural and visual studies, eastern European politics and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. What/Why/How Post Communist Aesthetics? 2. Restaging the 1989 Revolution: Television, Film and Public Spaces 3. Erasing Communism: Industrial and Human Ruins of Post Communist Europe 4. Building Capitalism: Consuming Desires and the Architectures that Sustain Them 5. The ‘Aesthetics of Violence’: Roma/Gypsies Visibility and the Re-Partitioning of the Sensible 6. The end of ‘Transitology’, the end of Post Communism, the end…

About the Author

Anca M. Pusca's current research seeks to re-conceptualize the aesthetics of change within the context of today’s EU and its candidate states, by tracing spatial, architectural and visual representations and responses to EU’s most important policies: from immigration, monetary and the common agricultural policy to constitutional reform. She lecturers at Goldsmiths, University of London.

About the Series

Popular Culture and World Politics

The Popular Culture World Politics (PCWP) book series is the forum for leading interdisciplinary research that explores the profound and diverse interconnections between popular culture and world politics. It aims to bring further innovation, rigor, and recognition to this emerging sub-field of international relations.

To these ends, the PCWP series is interested in various themes, from the juxtaposition of cultural artefacts that are increasingly global in scope and regional, local and domestic forms of production, distribution and consumption; to the confrontations between cultural life and global political, social, and economic forces; to the new or emergent forms of politics that result from the rescaling or internationalization of popular culture.

Similarly, the PCWP series wishes to provide a venue for work that explores the effects of new technologies and new media on established practices of representation and the making of political meaning. It encourages engagement with popular culture as a means for contesting powerful narratives of particular events and political settlements as well as explorations of the ways that popular culture informs mainstream political discourse. The PCWP series promotes investigation into how popular culture contributes to changing perceptions of time, space, scale, identity, and participation while establishing the outer limits of what is popularly understood as ‘political’ or ‘cultural’.

In addition to film, television, literature, and art, the PCWP series actively encourages research into diverse artefacts including sound, music, food cultures, gaming, design, architecture, programming, leisure, sport, fandom and celebrity. The series is fiercely pluralist in its approaches to the study of popular culture and world politics and is interested in the past, present, and future cultural dimensions of hegemony, resistance and power.

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