The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania

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Cornell University Press, 2003 - 426 oldal

In most countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the fall of communism opened up the possibility for individuals to acquire land. Based on Katherine Verdery's extensive fieldwork between 1990 and 2001, The Vanishing Hectare explores the importance of land and land ownership to the people of one Transylvanian community, Aurel Vlaicu. Verdery traces how collectivized land was transformed into private property, how land was valued, what the new owners were able to do with it, and what it signified to each of the different groups vying for land rights.

Verdery tells this story about transforming socialist property forms in a global context, showing the fruitfulness of conceptualizing property as a political symbol, as a complex of social relations among people and things, and as a process of assigning value. This book is a window on rural life after socialism but it also provides a framework for assessing the neo-liberal economic policies that have prevailed elsewhere, such as in Latin America. Verdery shows how the trajectory of property after socialism was deeply conditioned by the forms property took in socialism itself; this is in contrast to the image of a "tabula rasa" that governed much thinking about post-socialist property reform.

 

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PROPERTY IN SOCIALISM COLLECTIVIZATION ADMINISTRATIVE RIGHTS AND THE CIRCULATION OF GOODS
40
UNMAKING SOCIALIST AGRICULTURE CONTEXTS OF RESTITUTION IN THE 1990S
77
HOW HECTARES VANISHED DECOLLECTIVIZATION POLITICS INVLAICU
116
NEW KIN NEW SERFS NEW MASTERS TRANSFORMED SOCIAL RELATIONS AND THE MEANINGS OF LAND
158
REALIZING THE POWERS OF OWNERSHIP
185
THE DEATH OF A PEASANTRY FROM SMALLHOLDERS TO RENTIERS
190
OF CREDITS AND CREDIBILITY THE RISE AND FALL OF THE VLAICU ASSOCIATION
229
THE DYNAMICS OF DECAPITALIZATION THE FATE OF VLAICUS STATE FARMS
273
FROM DEBTS TO DALLAS VALUE TRANSFORMATION AND THE RISE OF SUPERTENANTS
310
PROPERTY PROCESSES AND EFFECTS
346
Inventory of Objects Moved from the Collective Farm Patrimony into the Vlaicu Association at Its Founding 1992
365
NOTES
367
GLOSSARY
391
REFERENCES
393
INDEX
411
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xvi. oldal - with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Information Agency, and the US Department of State, which administers the Russian, Eurasian, and East European Research Program (Title VIII); the
14. oldal - property" is best seen as directing attention to a vast field of cultural as well as social relations, to the symbolic as well as the material contexts within which things are recognized and personal as well as collective identities made.
1. oldal - Privatization is when someone who doesn't know who the real owner is and doesn't know what it is really worth sells

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Katherine Verdery is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the author of Transylvanian Villagers, The Political Lives of Dead Bodies, What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?, and National Ideology under Socialism and the coeditor of Property in Question: Value Transformation in the Global Economy.

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