Oikos and market: Explorations in self-sufficiency after socialism

Stephen Gudeman, Chris Hann

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Self-sufficiency of the house is practiced in many parts of the world but ignored in economic theory, just as socialist collectivization is assumed to have brought household self-sufficiency to an end. The ideals of self-sufficiency, however, continue to shape economic activity in a wide range of postsocialist settings. This volume’s six comparative studies of postsocialist villages in Eastern Europe and Asia illuminate the enduring importance of the house economy, which is based not on the market but on the order of the house. These formations show that economies depend not only on the macro institutions of markets and states but also on the micro institutions of families, communities, and house economies, often in an uneasy relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages195
ISBN (Electronic)9781782386964
ISBN (Print)9781782386957
StatePublished - Jun 15 2015


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