Communism Unwrapped Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

ISBN-10: 0199827672
ISBN-13: 9780199827671
Edition: 2012
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Communism Unwrapped is a collection of essays that unwraps the complex world of consumption under communism in postwar Eastern Europe, featuring new work by both American and European scholars writing from variety of disciplinary perspectives. The result is a fresh look at everyday life under communism that explores the ways people shopped, ate, drank, smoked, cooked, acquired, exchanged and assessed goods. These phenomena, the editors argue, were central to the way that communism was lived and experienced in its widely varied contexts in the region. Consumption pervaded everyday life far more than most other political and social phenomena. From design, to production, to retail sales and black market exchange, Communism Unwrapped follows communist goods from producer to consumer, tracing their circuitous routes. In the communist world this journey was rife with its own meanings, shaped by the special political and social circumstances of these societies. In examining consumption behind the Iron Curtain, this volume builds on a new field of study. It brings dimension and nuance to our understanding of the communist period and a new perspective to our current analyses of consumerism.

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
Living Large
Tuzex and the Hustler: Living It Up in Czechoslovakia
Utopia Gone Terribly Right: Plutonium's "Gated Communities" in the Soviet Union and United States
"Knife in the Water": The Struggle over Collective Consumption in Urbanizing Poland
Quality Control
The Taste of Smoke: Bulgartabak and the Manufacturing of Cigarettes and Satisfaction
Risky Business: What Was Really Being Sold in the Department Stores of Socialist Eastern Europe?
Material Harmony: The Quest for Quality in Socialist Bulgaria, 1960s-1980s
Kitchen Talk
Eating Up Yugoslavia: Cookbooks and Consumption in Socialist Yugoslavia
Grounds for Discontent? Coffee from the Black Market to the Kaffeeklatsch in the GDR
From Black Caviar to Blackouts: Gender, Consumption, and Lifestyle in Ceausescu's Romania
To Market, to Market...
The Socialist Clearinghouse: Alcohol, Reputation, and Gender in Romania's Second Economy
The Extraordinary Career of Feketev�g� �r: Wood Theft, Pig Killing, and Enterpreneurship in Communist Hungary, 1948-1956
Keeping It Close to Home: Resourcefulness and Scarcity in Late Socialist and Postsocialist Poland
Constructive Criticism
Kids, Cars, or Cashews? Debating and Remembering Consumption in Socialist Hungary
The House That Socialism Built: Reform, Consumption, and Inequality in Postwar Yugoslavia
Shop Around the Bloc: Trader Tourism and Its Discontents on the East German-Polish Border
Index

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