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3 The Reproduction of Hierarchy: Skill, Working-Class Culture, and the State in Early Socialist Hungary

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This chapter shows how the hierarchies that had underpinned pre-socialist shop-floor culture were defended and reasserted by skilled workers in the context of Hungary's early socialist factory regime. It begins by describing the material environment in which such hierarchies were reproduced by tracing the emergence of the early socialist factory regime in one industrial plant, paying particular attention to the patterns of dependence that grew between more experienced skilled workers and lower management. The chapter then examines industry as a whole, in order to show how such patterns of dependence created space for pre-socialist hierarchies to reassert themselves in socialist factories. Finally, it examines the reproduction of presocialist hierarchies by concentrating on shop-floor conflict around generation, gender and social origin.

Keywords: presocialist hierarchies; skilled workers; socialist Hungary; working-class culture

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