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Social Transformations and Revolutions

Reflections and Analyses

Edited by Johann P. Arnason, Marek Hrubec

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Explores social revolutions and transformations from the viewpoints of philosophy, sociology, history and political science

Prompted by the 25th anniversary of the Soviet collapse, this volume reflects on revolutions and transformations around the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, the political transformations after 9/11, the important changes following the global economic crisis, and the revolutionary transformations of India and China.

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  1. Introduction
  2. A Trialogue on Revolution and Transformation
    Vladimíra Dvorakova, Marek Hrubec, Jan Keller
  3. Revolutions, Transformations, Civilizations: Prolegomena to a Paradigm Reorientation
    Johann P. Arnason
  4. The Transformation of Capitalism and the Limits of Democracy
    Jerry Harris
  5. From Civilisational Crisis to Revolutionary Transformation?
    Oleg Suša
  6. Environmental Crisis and Political Revolutions
    Richard Sťahel
  7. Communists and Social Democrats in the Hungarian Soviet Republic
    Gábor Gángó
  8. Can Political Participation Become Dangerous for Democracy? Participatory Experiences in Brazil and the Reactions Against Them
    Emil A. Sobottka
  9. Hidden Revolutionary Processes in 1990s India?
    Jiří Krejčík
  10. Matching Reforms of Political and Economic Systems of China
    Wei Xiaoping

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About the Author

Johann P. Arnason is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Human Studies at Charles University, Prague. He taught sociology in Heidelberg and Bielefeld from 1972 to 1975, and at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, from 1975 to 2003. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and at the University of Leipzig, and a research fellow of the Alexander v. Humboldt-Stiftung, the Swedish Institute of Advanced Studies, the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Essen), the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen and the Max-Weber-Kolleg in Erfurt. His research interests centre on social theory and historical sociology, with particular emphasis on the comparative analysis of civilizations.

Marek Hrubec, philosopher and social and political theorist, is Director of the Centre of Global Studies in the Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. He also teaches at Charles University in Prague. He focuses on justice, development, and social and political changes in the macro-regional and global contexts. His latest work is Justice and Recognition which he co-edited with N. De Oliveira, E. Sobottka and G. Saavedra (2015).

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