The Concept of Transition in Transition: Comparing the Post-Communist Use of the Concept of Transition with that found in Soviet Ideology
2014 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. 7, no 1, 29-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The postcommunist concept of transition, as it was in use during the 1990s and early 2000s, is analyzed from the viewpoint of its intellectual prehistory. The concept is partly contrasted with alternative notions, partly relocated to its antithesis of communist ideology, where “transition” actually was an established concept. Via Hegel and Lenin, the concept’s logic of asymmetry and negativity is theoretically demonstrated. One thesis is that radical versions of teleological postcommunist transitology have unconsciously reproduced an essentially communist
conceptualization of change that may generate new ideological biases and misconceptions. The reconstruction of the dialectics between communist and postcommunist
transitology indicates and responds to a need for historical reflexivity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Södertörns högskola, 2014. Vol. 7, no 1, 29-41 p.
Transition, Transitology, Shock Therapy, Historical Materialism, Conceptual History, Hegel, Lenin, Åslund
History of Ideas Globalization Studies
Research subject Critical and Cultural Theory; Historical Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37365Local ID: 1301/42/2009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-37365DiVA: diva2:848102
ProjectsEast of Cosmopolis: he World Citizen and the Paradox of the Undocumented