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Katherine Verdery Bibliography Generator

(PhD Stanford U, 1977; Prof) Property relations, socialism & postsocialism, ideological processes; Eastern Europe (kverdery@gc.cuny.edu)

Katherine Verdery is Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Since 1973 she has conducted field research in Romania, initially emphasizing the political economy of social inequality, ethnic relations, and nationalism. With the changes of 1989, her work has shifted to problems of the transformation of socialist systems, specifically changing property relations in agriculture. From 1993 to 2000 she did fieldwork on this theme in a Transylvanian community; the resulting book, The Vanishing Hectare: Property and Value in Postsocialist Transylvania, was published by Cornell University Press (2003). She is now completing a large collaborative project with Gail Kligman (UCLA) and a number of Romanian scholars on the opposite process, the formation of collective and state farms in Romania during the 1950s.  The resulting book, Romania’s War on the Peasants: Collectivization 1949-1962, will be published in 2010.  Her teaching interests include contemporary and socialist Eastern Europe, the anthropology of property, and time and space. Future projects will probably take off from her interest in land restitution into exploring other property issues, such as cultural property, rights in bio-information, cyberspatial properties, and other forms of appropriation based in new technologies. Additionally, she has received her Secret Police file from Romania and plans to write her field memoirs from the vantage point of the police who followed her.

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Major Publications

Selected Articles Available Online

Cornea, A. 1993 Directocratia remaniazu guvernul. 22 5(16-22 March):7-8.

Frydman, R., and A. Rapaczynski 1994 Privatization in Eastern Europe: Is the State Withering Away? Budapest/London/ New York: Central European University Press.

Frydman, R., A. Rapaczynski, J.S. Earle, et al. 1993 The Privatization Process in Central Europe. Budapest/London/New York: Central European University Press.


Ghani, A. 1996 Production and Reproduction of Property as a Bundle of Powers: Afghanistan 1774-1901. Paper presented at the Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Gluckman, M. 1943 Essays on Lozi Land and Royal Property. Rhodes-Livingston papers, no. 10. Livingston, Northern Rhodesia: Rhodes-Livingston Institute.


Hann, C.M. 1993 From production to property: Decollectivization and the family-land relationship in contemporary Hungary. Man 28:299-320.


Kiss, Y. 1994 Privatization paradoxes in East Central Europe. East European Politics and Societies 8:122-152.


Lampland, M. 1995 The Object of Labor: Commodification in Socialist Hungary. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Staniszkis, J. 1991 "Political capitalism" in Poland. East European Politics and Societies 5(1): 127-141.

Stark, D. 1992 Path dependence and privatization strategies in East Central Europe. East European Politics and Societies 6(1): 17-54.

1996 Recombinant property in East European capitalism. American Journal of Sociology 101 (4):993-1027.


Verdery, K. 1994 The elasticity of land: Problems of property restitution in Transylvania. Slavic Review 53(4): 1071-1109.

1998 Disambiguating ownership: Rights and power in Transylvania's decollectivation. In Property Relations: Reviewing the Anthropological Tradition, C.M. Hann, ed. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

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