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Forms of collectivity in a non-monetary society

By Sarah Ashwin


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

Topics: DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics, HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform, HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Sage Publications in association with British Sociological Association
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0038038596030001003
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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