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

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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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Originally published as Karl Marx Collective: Economy, Society, and Religion in a Siberian Collective Farm, this volume was dubbed a fascinating and detailed study by LJs reviewer. Humphrey explains the Buryats, a group of farmers on Siberias Lake Baikal who have developed a distinctive communal approach to social life, politics, and culture. This edition has been updated to include the authors most current analysis. Her work remains valuable for the research collection. (LJ 9/1/83)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472066766
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • 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
1 The Buryats and Their Surroundings 23
2 Ideology and Instructions for Collective Farms 73
3 The Hierarchy of Rights Held in Practice 118
4 The Collective Farm Economy 140
5 The Division of Labour 228
6 Domestic Production and Changes in the Soviet Buryat Family 267
7 Politics in the Collective Farm 300
8 Ritual and Identity 373
Conclusion 433
Update
9 The Collective Farms after Socialism (1996) 444
10 Rural Culture and Visions of the Future 482
Notes 506
Glossary 566
References 569
Index 590
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