After Socialism: Land Reform and Social Change in Eastern Europe

After Socialism: Land Reform and Social Change in Eastern Europe

After Socialism: Land Reform and Social Change in Eastern Europe

After Socialism: Land Reform and Social Change in Eastern Europe

Synopsis

The collapse of Soviet influence and the disillusionment with socialism in the early 1990s led to ambitious programs of economic reform throughout Eastern Europe. The papers in this volume, written by anthropologists and sociologists with detailed first-hand knowledge of the rural areas concerned, explore the situation in several countries; account is also taken of the differences between them. Not only are reform policies considered in the light of actual developments and reactions of villagers to changing circumstances; actual processes of land reform, the emergence of new family farms, and the creation of new forms of co-operative and joint stock company are described and examined well.

Excerpt

Ray Abrahams

T his volume presents the results of a workshop on the Privatisation of Agriculture in Eastern Europe which I convened, with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council, at the Møller Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge from 22 to 24 September, 1993. Eight of the nine participants, including myself, are academic sociologists or anthropologists with active research interests in this field in the countries dealt with in their contributions. The ninth, Dr Kuddo, whose academic training is in economics and demography, has substantial practical experience in the formulation and implementation of national economic policy in addition to more personal interests in the rural areas of his country. Like him, Drs Kocik and Kovacs are also citizens of the countries they discuss. In choosing the participants, I aimed to bring together a small effective working group whose expertise covered a reasonably wide geographical range, while at the same time allowing some overlap of regional research experience. The workshop itself had several functions. It enabled the participants to come together for three days of focused discussion with others whose research interests were similar to their own. Ideas were exchanged, valuable new contacts were made and . . .

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