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Planning Labour: Time and the Foundations of Industrial Socialism in Romania

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Volume 32

International Studies in Social History



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Planning Labour

Time and the Foundations of Industrial Socialism in Romania

Alina-Sandra Cucu
Foreword by Don Kalb

300 pages, 6 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-185-7 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2019)

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Reviews

“An important addition to the history and understanding of socialist transformation. Alina-Sandra Cucu covers in much detail territories that have been largely excluded from the literature of the socialist transformation of Romania, if not Eastern Europe itself.” • David A. Kideckel, Central Connecticut State University

“Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this volume provides the reader with a sophisticated and timely perspective on socialist accumulation. It is a valuable contribution to scholarship in labour history.” • Mara Mărginean, Romanian Academy

Description

Impoverished, indebted, and underdeveloped at the close of World War II, Romania underwent dramatic changes as part of its transition to a centrally planned economy. As with the Soviet experience, it pursued a policy of “primitive socialist accumulation” whereby the state appropriated agricultural surplus and restricted workers’ consumption in support of industrial growth. Focusing on the daily operations of planning in the ethnically mixed city of Cluj from 1945 to 1955, this book argues that socialist accumulation was deeply contradictory: it not only inherited some of the classical tensions of capital accumulation, but also generated its own, which derived from the multivocal nature of the state socialist worker as a creator of value, as living labour, and as a subject of emancipatory politics.

Alina-Sandra Cucu holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University, Budapest. She has been a junior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and a visiting scholar at the International Research Centre ‘Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History’ (re:work) at Humboldt University. She is currently working on a second book project that investigates the incorporation of the Romanian car industry into global commodity chains since the mid-1960s.

Subject: Postwar History Political Economy Development Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe



Contents

Foreword
Don Kalb

List of Tables
Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: SOCIALIST PRIMITIVE ACCUMULATION IN CLUJ

Chapter 1. Productive State Apparatuses: Taking Over the Factories, 1944-1948
Chapter 2. “More Precious Than Gold”: Labour Instability and the Stickyness of Everyday Life
Chapter 3. “Workers”, “Proletarians”, and the Struggle for Cheap Labour

PART II: TIME AND ACCUMULATION ON THE SHOPFLOOR

Chapter 4. “Hidden Reserves of Productivity” and the Quest for Knowledge
Chapter 5. Productive Flows and Factory Discipline
Chapter 6. Planned Heroism and Nonsynchronicity on the Shopfloor

Epilogue: Really Existing Socialism as Nonsynchronicity

References
Index

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