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Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography
Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus is a gripping account of the developmental dynamics involved in the collapse of Soviet socialism. Fusing a narrative of human agency to his critical discussion of structural forces, Georgi M. Derluguian reconstructs from firsthand accounts the life story of Musa Shanib—who from a small town in the Caucasus grew to be a prominent le ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 15th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published November 1st 2004)
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While I am not the greatest fan of Bourdieuesque style of theorizing with its not always convincing style of materialist reasoning and a somewhat clumsy and un-reflexive direction of his 'will to know', I certainly greatly admire Derluguian's ceasless efforts at bridging a micro-historical and a micro-sociological fieldwork and constructing a larger structural view of the heterogeneities that accompanied the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. This generally runs through the main theme of the boo ...more