Complicit Becoming: Tolerance Work and Europeanization After Socialism

2005 – 2009
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This project is animated by the paradox that racialized hierarchies prevail in European public and political life even as tolerance is said to be among Europe’s defining virtues. It analyses this predicament by means of an anthropological study of the encounter between Latvian nationalism and the liberal politics of tolerance implemented as part of the postsocialist democratization agenda. This project argues for the importance of studying postsocialist democratization in Eastern Europe in order to understand how the colonial mode of power endures in contemporary Europe and beyond.

Principal Investigator

Dace Dzenovska


Wenner-Gren Foundation