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Contents List of Illustrations viii Preface xi Acknowledgments xiv Note on pronunciation xvii Glossary xix Introduction: Property, Value, and Global Transformation 1 Themes and Events 3 Concepts 18 Research Site 41 Notes 45 PART I: MAKING, UNMAKING, AND REMAKING OWNERS 52 Chapter 1. Property in Socialism: Collectivization, Administrative Rights, and the Circulation of Goods 64 Collectivizing Land 66 The Organization of Socialist Property 74 Socialist Property In Process 92 Implications 108 Notes 119 Chapter 2. Unmaking Socialist Agriculture: Contexts of Restitution in the 1990s 129 Comparative Decollectivizations 131 Legislating Decollectivization In Romania 152 Government Policy Toward Agriculture 166 Property and Politics 179 Notes 183 Chapter 3. Elasticity Revisited: Decollectivization Politics in Vlaicu 196 Vlaicu's Particulars 203 Undoing The Collective 209 Chicanery in the Commune 224 Compromised Legitimacy 249 Notes 251 Chapter 4. New Kin, New Serfs, New Masters: Transformed Social Relations and the Meanings of Land 257 Kinship, Labor, and Social Conflict 259 Meanings Of Land 275 Local Values and Central Directives 288 Notes 291 PART II: REALIZING THE POWERS OF OWNERSHIP 295 Chapter 5. The Death of a Peasantry: From Smallholders to Rentiers 302 Working Land 305 The Crisis Of Labor 332 Devaluation And Revaluation 345 Retraditionalized Peasants 348 Notes 353 Chapter 6. Of Credits and Credibility: The Rise and Fall of the Vlaicu Association 360 Context 363 Creating an Association 366 Securing Land and Labor 374 Capital Inputs Equipment, Materials, and Tillage 390 Collapse 399 Comparative Associations 403 Associations As Heirs of Socialism 412 Notes 422 Chapter 7. The Dynamics of Decapitalization: The Fate of Vlaicu's State Farms 431 Privatizing Romania's State Farms 436 State Farms in Vlaicu 447 From Showcase State Farm to the Auction Block 450 The Dynamics Of Devaluation 476 Notes 483 Chapter 8. From Debts to Dallas: Value Transformation and the Rise of Super-Tenants 489 Trajectories Into Commercial Farming 496 Conditions of Success in Transforming Value 530 Notes 540 Conclusion: Property Processes and Effects 544 Rural Groups in Interaction 548 Property and Value after Socialism 558 The Specificities of Postsocialism 569 Notes 572 Appendix 1. Inventory of the Vlaicu Association, 1992 574 Bibliography 576 [Tables, n.p.] Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Land reform Romania Transylvania, Peasantry Romania Transylvania, Transylvania (Romania) Rural conditions, Post-communism Romania Transylvania, Social change Romania Transylvania