Marx Went Away--But Karl Stayed Behind

Marx Went Away--But Karl Stayed Behind

by Caroline Humphrey

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472027194
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 08/04/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Contents Preface to New Edition Maps and Figures Tables Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Buryats and Their Surroundings 2. Ideology and Instructions for Collective Farms 3. The Hierarchy of Rights Held in Practice 4. The Collective Farm Economy 5. The Division of Labour 6. Domestic Production and Changes in the Soviet Buryat Family 7. Politics in the Collective Farm 8. Ritual and Identity Conclusion Update 9. The Collective Farms after Socialism (1996) 10. Rural Culture and Visions of the Future Notes Glossary References Index

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