The end of postsocialism (as we knew it: Diverse economies and the East

Ottavia Cima, Lucie Sovová*

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This paper brings together two streams of literature which rarely enter into conversation: diverse economies scholarship and critical readings of postsocialism. Mobilising the cases of food self-provisioning (FSP) in Czechia and agricultural cooperatives in Kyrgyzstan as an empirical basis for our reflections, we pursue a two-fold aim. Firstly, we call for attention to the postsocialist East as fertile ground for the study of diverse economies. Secondly, we offer a postcapitalist reading of postsocialism as embedded and emancipated theorising, arguing that diverse economies thinking can support novel representations of this geopolitical area and open space to appreciate economic diversity on the ground.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1369-1390
Number of pages22
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number6
Early online dateDec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • diverse economies
  • East
  • ontological reframing
  • postcapitalism
  • postcolonialism
  • postsocialism
  • transition economies


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