The collapse of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe took the majority of social scientists by surprise, creating a vacuum in theories that needed to be filled, thus relaunching rather than decelerating the chasm between area studies and comparative social sciences. The situation played into the hands of the Modernization theory proponents who enthusiastically argued that Eastern European societies would flawlessly emulate the political and social arrangements of their Western counterparts. However, the transformation turned out to be more complex and multi-directional.
After outlining the system components from previous societal arrangements prior to the communist era, the Center for Global Politics Stand Alone Module on Society in Eastern Europe puts emphasis on what happened in various societal circles directly prior to the collapse and seeks to provide an overview of the debate on the sociology of the transformation. Furthermore, the module provides the students with an analysis of the social challenges during post-communism.
Sign up for the Society in Eastern Europe Stand Alone Module starting on January 25 and get the chance to meet our dedicated Eastern Europe expert Dr. Kerstin Zimmer from the University of Marburg.