1st Edition

Postsocialist Politics and the Ends of Revolution

Edited By Neda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora Copyright 2023
    184 Pages 1 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 1 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Moving past the conflation of state socialism with all socialist projects, this book opens up avenues for addressing socialist projects rooted in decolonial and antiracist politics. To that end, this anthology brings together scholarship across regions that engages postsocialism as an analytic that connects the ‘afters’ of the capitalist– socialist dynamic to present day politics. Resisting the revolutionary teleology of what was before, “postsocialism” can function to create space to work through ongoing legacies of socialisms in the present.

    Looking at the Middle East, Scandanavia, Korea, Romania, China, and the US, the chapters in this book assess ongoing socialist legacies in new ethical collectivities and networks of dissent opposing state- and corporate- based military, economic, and cultural expansionism since the end of the Cold War.

    The majority of the chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Social Identities.

    1. Introduction: Postsocialist politics and the ends of revolution

    Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora

    2. The grammar of failure: dispossession, mourning, and the afterlife of socialist futurities

    Thu-Huong Nguyen-Vo and Grace Kyungwon Hong

    3. Rethinking socialist and Marxist legacies in feminist imaginaries of protest from postsocialist perspectives

    Nina Lykke

    4. Cultural politics of transgressive living: socialism meets neoliberalism in pro- North Korean schools in Japan

    Kyung Hee Ha

    5. Postsocialism and the Tech Boom 2.0: techno-utopics of racial/spatial dispossession

    Erin McElroy

    6. Syria’s anti- imperialist mask: unveiling contradictions of the left through anti- capitalist thought

    Jennifer Mogannam

    7. Preface to the revolution: digital specters of communism and the expiration of politics

    Jonathan Beller

    8. The travel of an iPhone: ineluctable connectivity, networked precarity, and postsocialist politics

    Xiao Liu

    9. Beyond the precariat: race, gender, and labor in the taxi and Uber economy

    Julietta Hua and Kasturi Ray

    10. (Re)thinking Postsocialism: Interview with Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora

    Lesia Pagulich and Tatsiana Shchurko


    Neda Atanasoski is Professor and Chair of the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland at College Park. She is the author of Humanitarian Violence: The US Deployment of Diversity and co-author of Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures.

    Kalindi Vora is Professor of Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, History of Science and Medicine, and American Studies at Yale University. She is author of Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourcing, Reimagining Reproduction: Essays on Surrogacy, Labor and Technologies of Human Reproduction, and co-author of Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures. With the Precarity Lab, she is author of Technoprecarious.