Marx Went Away--But Karl Stayed Behind / Edition 2

Marx Went Away--But Karl Stayed Behind / Edition 2

by Caroline Humphrey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472066765

ISBN-13: 9780472066766

Pub. Date: 03/15/1999

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

When it appeared in 1983, Caroline Humphrey's Karl Marx Collective was the first detailed study of the Soviet collective farm system. Through careful ethnographic work on two collective farms operated in Buryat communities in Siberia, the author presented an absorbing—if dispiriting—account of the actual functioning of a planned economy at the

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When it appeared in 1983, Caroline Humphrey's Karl Marx Collective was the first detailed study of the Soviet collective farm system. Through careful ethnographic work on two collective farms operated in Buryat communities in Siberia, the author presented an absorbing—if dispiriting—account of the actual functioning of a planned economy at the local level.

Now this classic work is back in print in a revised edition that adds new material from the author's most recent research in the former Soviet Union. In two new chapters she documents what has happened to the two farms in the collapsing Russian economy. She finds that collective farms are still the dominant agricultural forms, not out of nostalgic sentiment or loyalty to the Soviet ideal, but from economic and political necessity.

Today the collectives are based on households and small groups coming together out of choice. There have been important resurgences in "traditional" thinking about kinship, genealogy, shamanism and mountain cults; and yet all of this is newly formed by its attempt to deal with post-Soviet realities.

Marx Went Away will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, political science, economics, and sociology.

"The book should be on the shelf of every student of Soviet affairs." —Times Literary Supplement

Caroline Humphrey is Fellow of King's College and Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472066766
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
03/15/1999
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
640
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.64(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to New Edition
Maps and Figures
Tables
Acknowledgments
Karl Marx Collective: Economy, Society and Religion in a Siberian Collective Farm
Introduction
1The Buryats and Their Surroundings23
2Ideology and Instructions for Collective Farms73
3The Hierarchy of Rights Held in Practice118
4The Collective Farm Economy140
5The Division of Labour228
6Domestic Production and Changes in the Soviet Buryat Family267
7Politics in the Collective Farm300
8Ritual and Identity373
Conclusion433
Update
9The Collective Farms after Socialism (1996)444
10Rural Culture and Visions of the Future482
Notes506
Glossary566
References569
Index590

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