Markets and Moralities: Ethnographies of Postsocialism / Edition 1

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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 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. It will be essential reading for students of anthropology, sociology, European and cultural studies, as well as professional groups working in Eastern Europe and Russia, including NGOs, development organizations and businesses.

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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: 9781859735770
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (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

Notes on Contributors
1 The Market in Everyday Life: ethnographies of postsocialism
Caroline Humphrey and Ruth Mandel

Part One: Trading Cultures, Market Ambiguity, and Historical Transformation
2 Women and the Culture of Entrepreneurship in Soviet and Post-Soviet Azerbaijan
Farideh Heyat

3 The Shame and Pride of Market Activity: Morality, Identity and Trading in
Postsocialist Rural Bulgaria
Deema Kaneff

4 Heritage and Enterprise Culture in Archangel, Northern Russia
Julian Watts

5 Dealing with Money: Zlotys, Dollars and Other Currencies in the Polish
Frances Pine

Part Two: Consumption and Modernities
6 Of Moths and Men: Cleanliness, Intimacy and Progress in Romania
Adam Drazin

7 Re-constructing the 'Normal': Identity and the Consumption of Western Goods in
Sigrid Rausing

8 Manufacturing the new Consumerism: Fast-Food Restaurants in Postsocialist
Andr P. Czegldy

Part Three: Rural and Institutional Transformations
9 Coping with the Market in Rural Ukraine
Louise Perrotta

10 Mongolia in the 'Age of the Market': Pastoral Land-use and the Development
David Sneath

11 Broadening the Concept of Privatization: Gender and Development in Rural
Rosamund Shreeves


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