Socialism as a political system may be on the wane, yet no one can doubt that its cultural legacies will make themselves felt for years to come, and on a worldwide scale. The contributors to this volume adopt a variety of anthropological approaches to illuminate changes which have removed socialists from power in many countries. Presenting detailed ethnographic accounts across a wide range of countries, they bring out the factors which have given socialism such a profound worldwide impact, including a substantial impact upon the discipline of anthropology itself. The first sustained and wide-ranging investigation of socialism by social anthropologists, this volume will enable readers to understand better how socialism has been experienced by millions of people and thereby to now better understand how they may cope with post-socialist dilemmas.
Ernest Gellner, Cambridge University; Ladislav Holy, St Andrews University; Ralph Grillo, School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Joanna Overing, London School of Economics; Pat Caplan, Goldsmiths' College, University of London; Angela Cheater, University of Cape Town; Peter Skalnik, Prague University; Katherine Verdery, John Hopkins University, Baltimore; Jack Potter, University of Berkeley, California