Collectivization and the Restratification of Everyday Life in Romania, 1949-1962

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Monday, May 6, 2013 - 4:00pm
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Monday, May 6, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:40pm
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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The Department of Gender Studies

2012-2013 Public Lecture Series


 Gail Kligman

  Collectivization and the Restratification of Everyday Life in Romania, 1949-1962”

 4:00 p.m., Monday, 6 May 2013, Auditorium

In largely agrarian countries like the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, and Romania, the collectivization of agriculture was the first mass action through which the new communist regime initiated its radical program of social, political, cultural, and economic transformation. Collectivization in Romania affected twelve million of the country’s sixteen million inhabitants. This talk presents a snapshot of various effects of collectivization on everyday life, exploring the transformation of social organization and hierarchies of social relations that resulted from this process. Especially significant were changes in gender roles and generational expectations. The bureaucratization of work transformed daily practice, along with the personhood ideals associated with it. And the Party’s institutionalization brought the political center directly into village life, thereby shaping the politicization of the rural world.

This talk is drawn from Peasants Under Siege: The Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962 (co-authored with Professor Katherine Verdery; PUP 2011).

Peasants Under Siege is the recipient of the following awards:

From the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2012:

Best Book:

--The Barbara Jelavich Prize for Distinguished Monograph;

--The Davis Center (Harvard University) Book Prize in Political and Social Studies,

From the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, 2012:

--The Heldt Prize for Best Book by a woman in Slavic, East European, or Eurasian Studies,

Honorable Mentions:

From the ASA, 2012:

--The Barrington Moore Best Book Award in Comparative-Historical Sociology,

--Best Book Award, Political Sociology Section

From the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2012:

--The Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize, 2012

Gail Kligman is a professor of sociology at UCLA and director of the UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies. Her research explores the interrelationships between politics, policy, culture, and gender in socialist and postsocialist Romania, and in postsocialist Central East Europe. The intellectual interests that have informed her work are comparative, historical, and interdisciplinary; methodologically, she has done qualitative, ethnographic, and archival research. Prof. Kligman is the author of a number of books, including  The Wedding of the Dead:  Ritual, Poetics, and Popular Culture in Transylvania (UC Press, 1988); The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu’s Romania (UC Press, 1998) and The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative Historical Essay, co-authored with Prof. Susan Gal (Princeton University Press, 2000).