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Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography

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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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Lukáš
Mar 04, 2013 Lukáš rated it really liked it
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
Josh
Aug 14, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, wide-ranging look at why the Soviet Union fell apart. The theory is accessible even to someone as theory-resistant as I am.
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