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Peasants under SiegeThe Collectivization of Romanian Agriculture, 1949-1962$
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Gail Kligman and Katherine Verdery

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149721

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149721.001.0001

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Pedagogies of Knowledge Production and Contestation

Pedagogies of Knowledge Production and Contestation

(p.215) Chapter 4 Pedagogies of Knowledge Production and Contestation
Peasants under Siege

Gail Kligman

Katherine Verdery

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents some of the language the Party created to carry out its mission—including categories that named classes, types of “enemies” and political insurgents, acceptable vs. suspect religions, and ethnonational groups—as well as some of the techniques employed: various forms of propaganda, modeling by example, denunciation and unmasking, and petition writing. Through teaching peasants to denounce and unmask enemies and to communicate with the benevolent paternalist Party in its own terms, these techniques inculcated new rules for producing truth and for understanding the world. There were, of course, other forms of reaction to the pedagogies of collectivization, which have been emphasized in earlier chapters: violent uprisings, attacks on cadres, overt acts of sabotage, and so on.

Keywords:   categories, political insurgents, religion, ethnonational groups, propaganda, denunciation, petition writing, collectivization, uprisings, sabotage

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