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Shock, Therapy, and\ud Postcommunist Transitions

By Anca Pusca


This article explores how the concept of shock has been used\ud in connection to processes of social change and transition,\ud and argues that a wider exploration of the concept in fields\ud other than political science and international relations can\ud provide us with important insights into the individual and collective\ud impacts of transitions. Although criticizing the idea of\ud shock as therapy, the article presents a number of alternative\ud uses of shock that can be particularly insightful for understanding\ud often contradictory behaviors that characterize periods\ud of transition, as well as a series of dangerous consequences\ud of attempts to deal with shock through various\ud techniques of distancing, distraction, and normalization

Publisher: Lynne Rienner
Year: 2007
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