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Peasants as "Poachers": Trust and Accommodation Between the State and the Village, 1914 to the Present

Sat, November 23, 4:00 to 5:45pm, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Floor: 5, Sierra F

Session Submission Type: Panel

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In The Practice of the Everyday Life, Michel De Certeau made a seminal distinction between institutions' "strategies" determining the everyday life, and consumers' "tactics", i.e. their inventive readings of a monolithic set of norms. This panel aims to explore the practices of Russian/Soviet peasants confronted with state regulation and constraint throughout the XXth century. The diversity of the village populations allowed for simultaneous multiple tactics. Through the wars and the changes imposed on their relationship to the land and work, villagers individually and collectively developed tactics of accommodation that were essential to negociate a partly autonomous everyday life.

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