How has intimate sociality changed in the everyday economy after post-socialist transformations? How does neoliberalism change the shape of social relations? By posing these two questions together, this panel seeks to explore efforts to deal with the neoliberal market in post-socialist countries.
After two decades of post-socialist transformations, the shape and meaning of intimate sociality and its role in everyday economic practices has changed. This panel tries to address the following two questions: How has neoliberalism changed the shape of sociality in our present world? If neoliberalism has changed the meaning and role of intimate sociality in post-socialist everyday economy, what remains or re-emerges from the socialist past? By posing these two questions together, this panel seeks to explore multifarious efforts on the ground to deal with the neoliberal market in post-socialist countries.
We would suggest that participants of this panel view economic practices as broadly as possible - as bodily technique, performance, or interaction with material things - to highlight the formation of social networks and the production and circulation of meaning in the everyday life. From this perspective, changes, disruptions and continuities in post-socialist contexts can be examined with a view on the present neoliberal globalizing world. Any kind of economic practice ranging from farming to peddling, from small shops to chain-markets, from farmers' markets to financial markets, is significant for the imagining and interpreting the present world through the lens of the market and the economy. By approaching the market economy and economic practices from the everyday and below, we hope to shed light to various ways the neoliberal economy is challenged and resisted against, while simultaneously lived upon, conceptualized, circulated and reproduced.