Jan 8, 2018
Kristen Ghodsee is an American ethnographer and Professor of
Russian and East European Studies at the University
of Pennsylvania; known primarily for her ethnographic work
on post-communist Bulgaria as well as
being a contributor to the field of postsocialist gender
She is the author of many books, including her latest "Red Hangover:Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism.
Kristen joins Brett to discuss the collapse of Soviet Communism and the human costs of the brutal transition to free market capitalism.
Topics Include: Women under communism, the fall of the Berlin
Wall, the human costs of capitalism in Eastern Europe, current
wealth inequality in the former Soviet Bloc, false equivalencies
between the Nazis and the Soviets and the ideological role it
serves, the rise of fascism in the wake of communisms collapse,
socialist feminism, fallacies inherent in capitalist arguments, the
ravages of neoliberalism, the future of socialism, and much, much
You can buy Kristen's latest book here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/red-hangover
Learn more about her here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristen_R._Ghodsee#Books
Read her article we mention in the episode here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/opinion/why-women-had-better-sex-under-socialism.html
Intro Music by The String-Bo String Duo
Outro Music: "Bent Life" by Aesop Rock featuring C Rayz Walz
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