'This is an excellent contribution for understanding the ambiguities of the ordinary which is otherwise addressed as the informal or transitory. Through using the concept of the grey zone as an analytical and reflexive tool, relations, borders and invisibilities are explored ethnographically. Highly recommended to all scholars of Eastern Europe and beyond.' —Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany
'Comprehensively, timely and audacious. This book offers a cutting-edge analysis of ambiguities in relations, borders and daily existence in Eastern Europe. It shows that liberalization and Europeanization are perennial quests not only for elites but also for the public.' —Umut Korkut, Glasgow Caledonian University
Over the last two decades, Eastern Europe has experienced extensive changes in geo-political relocations and relations leading to everyday uncertainty. Attempts to establish liberal democracies, re-orientations from planned to market economics, and a desire to create 'new states' and internationally minded 'new citizens' has left some in poverty, unemployment and social insecurity, leading them to rely on normative coping and semi-autonomous strategies for security and social guarantees. This anthology explores how grey zones of governance, borders, relations and invisibilities affect contemporary Eastern Europe.
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