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The Concept of Transition in Transition: Comparing the Post-Communist Use of the Concept of Transition with that found in Soviet Ideology
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, History of Ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2284-3928
2014 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. 7, no 1, 29-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The postcommunist concept of transition, as it was in use during the 1990s and early 2000s, is analyzed from the viewpoint of its intellectual prehistory. The concept is partly contrasted with alternative notions, partly relocated to its antithesis of communist ideology, where “transition” actually was an established concept. Via Hegel and Lenin, the concept’s logic of asymmetry and negativity is theoretically demonstrated. One thesis is that radical versions of teleological postcommunist transitology have unconsciously reproduced an essentially communist

conceptualization of change that may generate new ideological biases and misconceptions. The reconstruction of the dialectics between communist and postcommunist

transitology indicates and responds to a need for historical reflexivity.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 7, no 1, 29-41 p.
Keyword [en]
Transition, Transitology, Shock Therapy, Historical Materialism, Conceptual History, Hegel, Lenin, Åslund
National Category
History of Ideas Globalization Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Historical Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-24289Local ID: 1301/42/2009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-24289DiVA: diva2:734667
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East of Cosmopolis: he World Citizen and the Paradox of the Undocumented
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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