Introduction: The end of a parable? Unsettling the transitology model in the age of crisis

Published: Dec 3, 2015
transitions transitology crisis authoritarianism memory
Kostis Kornetis
This volume brings together scholars from the fields of history, political science, political economy, historical sociology and cultural studies, to comment on the theoretical and empirical unsettling of democratic transitions at the time of the economic crisis. The volume links together transitions in time and space, reappraising the democratic processes in Southern Europe in the mid-1970s, the post-1989 transformations in Eastern Europe, the effects of Southern Cone democratisations and the 2011 revolts in the Arab worlds, resisting both temporal particularities and national exceptionalisms. It further showcases how even supposed model transitions came under attack during the current economic crisis, thus highlighting the incloncusive nature of these events and the strong interconnections between past and present.
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Kostis Kornetis, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies of NYU
Kostis Kornetis completed his PhD dissertation in History and Civilization at the European University Institute, Florence. From 2007 to 2012 he taught Modern Greek and Contemporary European History at the History Department of Brown University. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies of NYU. He has worked extensively on the history and memory of the 1960s, the methodology of oral history and the use of film as a source for social and cultural history. His book “Children of the Dictatorship” is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.
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