[Aaus-list] FW: Call for papers: State vs Individual Morality in Post-Socialism

Chernetsky, Vitaly A vchernetsky at ku.edu
Tue Oct 22 16:11:54 EDT 2013

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the CFP below, forwarded upon request.


Vitaly Chernetsky
Associate Professor
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Kansas
2140 Wescoe Hall, 1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594
(785) 864-2359
vchernetsky at ku.edu

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From: "Studies of Transition States and Societies" <stss at tlu.ee<mailto:stss at tlu.ee>>
Subject: Call for papers: State vs Individual Morality in Post-Socialism

(deadline 10 February 2014)

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Call for papers: State vs Individual Morality in Post-Socialism
(deadline 10 February 2014)

We are looking for 1-2 more papers on the topic.

Over the past decade we have witnessed a tendency to critically look at
the way state morality, laws and rules are constructed. Following the
appearance of Gibson-Graham's seminal work (1996), the term ‘diverse
economies’ has come to populate a growing number of scholarly works across
a wide range of disciplines. As part of this scholarship alternative
narratives to capitalism have been explored and neoliberalism has been
criticised. Based on the Bourdieaun remark that individual and state
moralities do not necessarily overlap, a number of empirical works (Polese
2008; Rasanayagam 2011; Wanner 2005) have shown the limits of the
corrupt-non-corrupt distinction. This, in turn, has highlighted the
potential conflict between what is legal (with a definition of legality
provided by the state) and what is socially acceptable by the citizens
themselves (van Schendel & Abrahams 2005). This has led to the
understanding that what a society, or a group of individuals, is ready to
accept and justify is not necessarily what the state official narrative
(based on laws and rules) would accept.

We welcome empirically-rich accounts, constructed on recent and/or ongoing
research, that broadly deal with the topic suggested above.

The deadline for the 2014 Spring issue is 10 February 2014. However,
potential contributors are welcome to contact us at an early stage to
discuss an idea you might want to develop or have developed. Please visit
the webpage www.tlu.ee/stss<http://www.tlu.ee/stss> for further information on submission
guidelines or contact stss at tlu.ee<mailto:stss at tlu.ee> (also if you would like to discuss a

Suggested preliminary literature

Gibson-Graham, J.K. (1996). The End Of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A
Feminist Critique of Political Economy. Oxford UK and Cambridge USA:
Blackwell Publishers.

Polese, A. (2008). ‘If I Receive it, it is a Gift; if I Demand it, then it
is a Bribe’ on the Local Meaning of Economic Transactions in Post-soviet
Ukraine. Anthropology in Action, 15(3), 47-60.

Rasanayagam, J. (2011). Informal Economy in an Informal State in Surviving
Post-Socialism. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy,
15(11/12), 681-696.

van Schendel, W. & I. Abraham (Eds.) (2005). Illicit Flows and Criminal
Things: States, Borders, and the Other Side of Globalization. Bloomington:
Indiana University Press.

Wanner, C. (2005). Money, Morality and New Forms of Exchange in
Postsocialist Ukraine. Ethnos 70(4), 515-537.

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