Getting by in Postsocialist Romania: Labor, the Body, and Working-Class Culture / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This compelling examination of the conditions of postsocialist labor and agency describes how two groups of romanian industrial workers have fared since the end of socialism. Once labor's elite, the celebrated coal miners of the Jiu Valley and the chemical workers of the fagaras region had many social privileges and often derived genuine satisfaction from their work. Today, they are a rarely noted casualty of postsocialist transformations. Fear, distance, and alienation are the physical manifestations of stress experienced due to their precarious job status, declining health, and loss of a social safety net. David A. Kideckel traces these issues in the context of labor, political relationships, domestic and community life, gender identities, and health. Drawing on more than three decades of fieldwork and presenting many individuals' narratives in their own words, this study provides a poignant and illuminating portrayal of the everyday lives of ordinary people.
About the Author:
David A. Kideckel is professor of Cultural Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University
About the Author
David A. Kideckel is Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University. He is author of The Solitude of Collectivism: Romanian Villagers to the Revolution and Beyond and has produced a video documentary focusing on Romania's Jiu Valley coal miners, entitled Days of the Miners: Life and Death of a Working Class Culture.
Table of ContentsPreface ix
Getting By in Postsocialism: Labor, Bodies, Voices 1
How Workers Became "Others": Talking Alienation 29
Postsocialist Labor Pains: Fear, Distance, and Narrative in the Workplace 64
The Postsocialist Body Politic 100
Houses of Stone or of Straw? Postsocialist Worker Communities 127
Strangers in Their Own Skin: Workers and Gender in Postsocialism 153
The Embodied Enemy: Stress, Health, and Agency 183
What Is to Be Done? 209
Works Cited 245
What People are Saying About This
David Kideckel challenges celebratory images of postsocialism by focusing on the often neglected working class and allowing the disenfranchised to speak for themselves. In so doing he provides a contribution to the ethnography of eastern Europe that speaks poignantly to broader discussions of work, class, and gender under neoliberalism.