Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism / Edition 4

Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism / Edition 4

by Ruth Mandel
     
 

ISBN-10: 185973572X

ISBN-13: 9781859735725

Pub. Date: 06/01/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Before the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, private marketeering was regarded not only as criminal, but even immoral by socialist regimes. Ten years after taking on board western market-orientated "shock therapy," post-socialist societies are still struggling to come to terms with the clash between these deeply engrained moralities and the daily pressures to sell and…  See more details below

Overview

Before the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, private marketeering was regarded not only as criminal, but even immoral by socialist regimes. Ten years after taking on board western market-orientated "shock therapy," post-socialist societies are still struggling to come to terms with the clash between these deeply engrained moralities and the daily pressures to sell and consume.

This book explores the new market and its resulting contradictions in a rapidly developing Eastern Europe and Russia. Will Western fast-food industries, such as McDonalds, irrevocably alter local culinary practices? What effect has the privatization of land had upon ownership and exchange? What role do 'new' commodities play within the household? Based on original, first-hand ethnography, this book is a long-awaited addition to existing literature on post-socialist societies.

Author Biography: Ruth Mandel is Lecturer in Anthropology, University College London. Caroline Humphrey is Professor of Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859735725
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

A Note on the Cover: Weiche by Neo Rauch
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
1The Market in Everyday Life: Ethnographies of Postsocialism1
Pt. ITrading Cultures, Market Ambiguity, and Historical Transformation
2Women and the Culture of Entrepreneurship in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan19
3The Shame and Pride of Market Activity: Morality, Identity and Trading in Postsocialist Rural Bulgaria33
4Heritage and Enterprise Culture in Archangel, Northern Russia53
5Dealing with Money: Zlotys, Dollars and Other Currencies in the Polish Highlands75
Pt. IIConsumption and Modernities
6Chasing Moths: Cleanliness, Intimacy and Progress in Romania101
7Re-constructing the 'Normal': Identity and the Consumption of Western Goods in Estonia127
8Manufacturing the New Consumerism: Fast-Food Restaurants in Postsocialist Hungary143
Pt. IIIRural and Institutional Transformations
9Coping with the Market in Rural Ukraine169
10Mongolia in the 'Age of the Market': Pastoral Land-use and the Development Discourse191
11Broadening the Concept of Privatization: Gender and Development in Rural Kazakhstan211
Index237

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