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Cover illustration: ‘Ripple’ by Boyan Montero. The image suggests the vague and diluted roles and positions that people – including sociologists – were obliged to hold in societies under a totalitarian regime. The two stones resemble human faces or masks. Their orientation towards the curved, rainbow-like line could be interpreted as a striving for knowledge, amidst all this blurriness. The title of the picture, Ripple, may remind us of the consecutive, and somewhat repetitive, waves of state policy towards sociology under the Communist regimes and their efforts to study and understand this society.

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Names: Koleva, Svetla, author.

Title: Totalitarian experience and knowledge production : sociology in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989 / by Svetla Koleva ; translated by Vladimir Vladov.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018] | Series: Totalitarian experience and knowledge production, ISSN 2352-5827 ; Volume 2 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2017041685 | ISBN 9789004322325 (hardback : alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Sociology–Europe, Central–History–20th century. | Sociology–Europe, Eastern–History–20th century.

Classification: LCC HM477.E85 K65 2018 | DDC 301.0943–dc23

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Totalitarian Experience and Knowledge Production

Sociology in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1989


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