Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism / Edition 4

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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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Editorial Reviews

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"This book provides an important contribution to post-socialist studies by locating 'the market' firmly in the socially constituted practices of post-socialist societies ... What we have is a series of 'tasters' of what are clearly individual, extensive and fascinating ethnographic studies." —Jourbanal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

"The introductory chapter by the editors is exquisite... this is one of the first anthropological collections focused on the former Soviet bloc organized around a single issue; as such it signals the increasing sophistication and precision of the anthropology of the area." —Ethnos

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735725
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Mandel is a Lecturer in Anthropology, at the University College London.

Caroline Humphrey is a Professor of Asian Anthropology, at the University of Cambridge

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Table of Contents

A Note on the Cover: Weiche by Neo Rauch
Notes on Contributors
1 The Market in Everyday Life: Ethnographies of Postsocialism 1
Pt. I Trading Cultures, Market Ambiguity, and Historical Transformation
2 Women and the Culture of Entrepreneurship in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan 19
3 The Shame and Pride of Market Activity: Morality, Identity and Trading in Postsocialist Rural Bulgaria 33
4 Heritage and Enterprise Culture in Archangel, Northern Russia 53
5 Dealing with Money: Zlotys, Dollars and Other Currencies in the Polish Highlands 75
Pt. II Consumption and Modernities
6 Chasing Moths: Cleanliness, Intimacy and Progress in Romania 101
7 Re-constructing the 'Normal': Identity and the Consumption of Western Goods in Estonia 127
8 Manufacturing the New Consumerism: Fast-Food Restaurants in Postsocialist Hungary 143
Pt. III Rural and Institutional Transformations
9 Coping with the Market in Rural Ukraine 169
10 Mongolia in the 'Age of the Market': Pastoral Land-use and the Development Discourse 191
11 Broadening the Concept of Privatization: Gender and Development in Rural Kazakhstan 211
Index 237
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