Central Europe Culture Wars: Beyond Post-Communism and Populism
New book “Central Europe Culture Wars: Beyond Post-Communism and Populism” published by the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University, edited by Pavel Barša, Zora Hesová, and Ondřej Slačálek.
The book studies culturalized politics in a broadly conceived Central Europe – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Croatia – and shows the various forms that culture wars have taken in the 2010s as well as their underlying logic. By elaborating on continuities among the Cold War period, the post-communist transition and the 2010s, seven chapters of the book undermine the narrative in which every period is presented as an ideologically monolithic bloc which came to replace the previous period as its opposite. Among the authors are also Nep4Dissent members.
Table of contents
1/ Introduction: How Post-communism Ends. Central European Culture Wars in the 2010s
Pavel Barša, Zora Hesová, Ondřej Slačálek
2/ From Narrating Dissidence to Post-Dissident Narratives of Democracy: Anti-totalitarianism,
Politics of Memory and Culture Wars in East-Central Europe 1970s–2000s
3/ The Cultural Sociology of Hungarian National Conservatism
4/ The Dynamics of the Polish Culture Wars
5/ Czech Republic: Populism Without Culture Wars?
6/ Anti-gender Campaigns in Slovakia and the Dissolution of the Liberal-Conservative Alliance
7/ A New Austrian Kulturkampf?
8/ The Moment After: Culture Wars in a Polarized Croatia
Pavel Barša, Zora Hesová