I'm pleased to announce the publication of a book conversation between Soyuz convenor Larisa Kurtovic and fellow anthropologist of postsocialism, Mike McGovern, about Mike's new book A Socialist Peace?: Explaining the Absence of War in an Africa Country."
"The title of the book, “A Socialist Peace,” plays on the “Democratic Peace” theory that suggests liberal democracies don’t go to war with one another. But what might be the legacies of even highly coercive socialist societies in terms of creating communities of shared suffering? Most Americans and western Europeans carry around the image of Yugoslavia’s descent into internecine war as their answer to the question of how socialism’s legacies are linked to peace and war. But ex-Yugoslavia is not the only such historical experience, nor is it even representative. So the book explores this dynamic through a deep empirical dive to try to discern the structure of a series of emerging conjunctures that emerged in Guinea during the time of my fieldwork there, from the mid 1990s until 2010."
I am looking forward to publishing more book conversations in Anthropology News. Please get in touch if you have any titles to recommend.