Professor and Chair
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|Education and Background
|Ph.D. Columbia University, MA Jagiellonian, Cracow, Poland
(Studied sociology, cultural anthropology, and philosophy)
|Comparative Politics; Communism and Postcommunism; Politics and Culture; Protest, Social Movements and Civil Society
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My new book is out and another one scheduled for publication in August 2013!!!
Myron J. Aromoff and Jan Kubik. 2012. Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach. Berghahn Books.
“What a welcome book! Myron J. Aronoff and Jan Kubik, two erudite, widely read, and innovative scholars, have provided an insightful and much-needed map that charts the terrain linking politics and culture. This intervention into a long-standing conversation about the boundaries of the ‘political’ will stimulate students for years to come.“ Ed Schatz, University of Toronto.
The second book coming out soon: Jan Kubik and Amy Linch, eds. forthcoming. Post-Communism from Within: Social Justice, Mobilization, and Hegemony. New York: SSRC/NYU Press.
It is an edited volume, with a lot of our own writing. Amy wrote an Introduction and I provided an extensive review of the field of post-communist studies, suggesting that the best work in this area tends to coalesce around a research program I call contextual holism. The lead chapters are written by Tom Wolfe and John Pickles (a critique of many assumptions underpinning “standard” approaches to the region); Alena Ledeneva (a critique of what she calls the “corruption paradigm”); Joanna Regulska and Magda Grabowska (an extensive, critical review of the literature on gender in postcommunism); and Ivan Szelenyi and Katarzyna Wilk (a critical look at the work on post-communist poverty). The Social Science Research Council in New York sponsored the project.
Two more projects in the works:
The Logic of Civil Society: Taiwan, South Korea, Poland, Hungary.
This is a comparative study of civil society and protest politics in post-authoritarian/post-communist states, organized and conducted with Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard; Yun-han Chu and Chin-En Wu, Academia Sinica, Taipei; Sunhyuk Kim, Korea University, Seoul; Bela Greskovits, CEU, Budapest; Michal Wenzel, SWPS, Warsaw; and Jason Wittenberg, Berkeley. The database is constructed. We are writing the country chapters. Presented preliminary results at the 2010 APSA Convention in Washington and at the final meeting of the project in Seoul (January 2012). We are beginning to “crunch numbers” on the completed database and editing “qualitative” chapters. Our goal is to have the first draft of the first project book finished in mid-2013.
Twenty Years After: The Commemorations of the End of Communism.
Michael Bernhard (University of Florida) and I are editing this volume. We are studying the way 1989 is collectively remembered and how this remembering is politicized in eleven countries of the region. The cases are analyzed within a common frame and rigorously compared. We have a great group of scholars, each providing a chapter on a country they know best. Michael and wrote a theoretical chapter and the Polish case study. At the moment we are editing the whole manuscript and writing conclusions. We have several publishers interested the manuscript. We will be done in early 2013.
Chapters and/or fragments of these projects are available upon request.
Selected recent articles
- 2009a "Introducing Rigor to the Teaching of Interpretive Methods," Symposium: Teaching Interpretive Methods, Qualitative and Multi-method Research, Spring 2009:11-17.
- 2009b "Ethnography of Politics: Foundations, Applications, Prospects," in Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power, Edward Schatz, ed., forthcoming (September 2009), University of Chicago Press.
- 2009c “Solidarity,” International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest 1500-Present. Immanuel Ness, ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 3072-80.
- 2008a “Contentious politics, protest, social movements: the logic of theory development,” Societas/Communitas, 4-5(1), pp. 39-80 (in Polish).
- 2008b “The Logic of Civil Society: Poland, Hungary, South Korea and Taiwan. Project’s Outline and Preliminary Results” (with Michal Wenzel), Societas/Communitas, 4-5(1), pp. 97-106 (in Polish).
- 2008c “Hybridization as a condition of civil society’s portability,” in Building Civil Society and Democracy in New Europe, Sven Eliaeson, ed. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 107-29.
- 2007a “The State and civil society. Traditions and new forms of governing,” in Civil Society and the State, Emil Brix, Jürgen Nautz, Werner Wutscher, Rita Trattnigg, eds. Vienna: Passagen Verlag, pp. 33-52.
- 2007b “Democracy in the Post Communist World: an Unending Quest?” (with Grzegorz Ekiert and Milada Anna Vachudova), East European Politics and Societies, 21 (1), pp. 7-30. Earlier version: “Unfinished Business. Conference Report,” Club de Madrid.
- 2006a “Avant-garde theater contra state socialism: what was global before the era of globalization (in Tadeusz Kantor’s theater)?” in Stawanie sie Spoleczenstwa, Andrzej Flis, ed. Krakow: Universitas, pp. 267-91 (in Polish).
- 2006b “The Original Sin of Poland’s Third Republic: Discounting ‘Solidarity’ and its Consequences for Political Reconciliation” (with Amy Linch), Polish Sociological Review, 1 (153), pp. 13-34.
- 2005 “How to study civil society: the state of the art and what to do next,” East European Politics and Societies, 19 (1), pp. 105-20.
- 2003 “Cultural Legacies of State Socialism: History-making and Cultural-political Entrepreneurship in Postcommunist Poland and Russia,“ in Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule, edited by Grzegorz Ekiert and Stephen E. Hanson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 317-51.