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Retreat from collective Protest: Household, Gender, Work and Popular Opposition in Stalinist Hungary

Pittaway, Mark (2002). Retreat from collective Protest: Household, Gender, Work and Popular Opposition in Stalinist Hungary. In: Kok, Jan ed. Rebellious families. household strategies and collective action in the 19th & 20th Centuries. International Studies in Social History (3). New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 198–228.


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Why do people rebel? This is one of the most important questions historians and social scientists have been grappling with over the years. It is a question to which no satisfactory answer has been found, despite more than a century of research. However, in most cases the research has focused on what people do if they rebel but hardly ever, why they rebel.
The essays in this volume offer an alternative perspective, based on the question at what point families decided to add collective action to their repertoires of survival strategies, In this way this volume opens up a promising new field of historical research: the intersection of labour and family history. The authors offer fascinating case studies in several countries spanning over four continents during the last two centuries. In an extensive introduction the relevant literature on households and collective action is discussed, and the volume is rounded off by a conclusion that provides methodological and theoretical suggestions for the further exploration of this new field in social history.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2002 Jan Kok, 2002 Berghan Books
ISBN: 1-57181-528-7, 978-1-57181-528-6
Keywords: Hungary; industrial workers; collective behaviour; collective protests; gendered roles; self-sufficiency
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 20437
Depositing User: Mark Pittaway
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 15:00
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:10
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