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Beyond Marx and Tito
Theory and Practice in Yugoslav Socialism


  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521084024

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  • In this study Dr Zukin combines the approaches of a political scientist and a sociologist to examine the distance between theory and practice in the lives of ordinary Yugoslavs living under socialist self-management. Going beyond previous work on socialist societies, she asks how Yugoslavs - as workers, as citizens and as a society - have benefited from the form of socialism that they have pioneered. She also considers the relevance of the official ideology of self-management, institutions like workers' councils and communes, and political and economic controls to post-industrial as well as industrializing societies. The book includes long passages from intensive, in-depth interviews with members of ten Belgrade families. The families, which are described in terms of their place in the Yugoslav social structure, indicate their political and socialist ideology through telling their life stories, interpreting their own place in social changes, and reacting to these changes and pressures. Participant-observation of local voters meetings provides an examination of give-and-take in Yugoslav grass-roots politics.

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521084024
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Yugoslav socialism: a critical introduction
    2. The official ideology of self-management
    3. Perceptions of society and politics
    4. Political generations and political attitudes
    5. The structure of political participation
    6. Patterns of public interaction
    7. Cultural parameters of Yugoslav society
    8. Political and socialist development.

  • Author

    Sharon Zukin

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