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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 Persuasion

Pedagogies of Persuasion

(p.283) Chapter 5 Pedagogies of Persuasion
Peasants under Siege

Gail Kligman

Katherine Verdery

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at “persuasion work,” explaining aspects of village social organization upon which it hinged and arguing that unpersuasive cadres secured not commitment to the collective project but the performance of consent. Persuasion work began with “plans of action” developed in Party meetings at each level—region, district, commune—and applied to people at every level as well. Higher-level cadres would do persuasion work with lower-level ones: to enlighten them was at least as important as enlightening the peasantry, if they were to do their job. Persuasion was used toward a number of different goals—making peasants hand over their quotas, pay taxes, bring in bigger harvests, and so on—but for the villagers, it came to mean especially the attempt to get them into the associations (TOZs) or collective farms.

Keywords:   persuasion work, village social organization, consent, associations, collective farms

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