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Forms of collectivity in a non-monetary society

Ashwin, Sarah (1996) Forms of collectivity in a non-monetary society. Sociology, 30 (1). pp. 21-39. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article examines the paradoxical co-existence of collectivity and passivity among Russian workers, which is linked to the non-monetary character of Soviet society. The article, based on fieldwork carried out in a mining village in Western Siberia, examines three distinct forms of collectivity: the symbolic collectivism of the enterprise as a whole; the collective identification of ordinary workers; and the collectivity of the immediate work group. In each case it is argued that the collective is defined negatively in relation to the outside and is not expressed in any form of collective self-organisation. This can be explained by reference to the structure of the enterprise within a non-monetary society, which fosters both dependence and division among workers.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://soc.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 1996 BSA Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group
Departments > Management
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 08:43
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38122/

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