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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 Dan 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 Marginean, 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. Like the Soviet Union, it pursued a policy of “socialist accumulation” whereby the state appropriated agricultural surplus in support of industrial growth. Centered on the ethnically mixed city of Cluj from 1945 to 1955, the author argues that socialist accumulation constituted a deeply contradictory process for Romania: it not only inherited some of the classical tensions of capital accumulation, but generated new ones even as it attempted to transcend such problems as the conflict between social production and private appropriation of surplus.

Alina-Sandra Cucu is a junior researcher at Max Planck for the History of Science in Berlin. She holds a doctorate in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the Central European University, Budapest.

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 III: 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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