Central Europe Culture Wars: Beyond Post-Communism and Populism

December 17th, 2021

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.

More information: https://books.ff.cuni.cz/2021/12/09/central-europe-culture-wars-beyond-post-communism-and-populism/

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
Michal Kopeček

3/ The Cultural Sociology of Hungarian National Conservatism
Csaba Szaló

4/ The Dynamics of the Polish Culture Wars
Ondřej Slačálek

5/ Czech Republic: Populism Without Culture Wars?
Ondřej Slačálek

6/ Anti-gender Campaigns in Slovakia and the Dissolution of the Liberal-Conservative Alliance
Jana Vargovčíková

7/ A New Austrian Kulturkampf?
Zora Hesová

8/ The Moment After: Culture Wars in a Polarized Croatia
Zora Hesová

9/ Afterword
Pavel Barša, Zora Hesová


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