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New Lithuania in old hands : effects and outcomes of Europeanization in rural Lithuania /
Ida Harboe Knudsen.
imprint
New York, NY : Anthem Press, 2012.
description
x, 192 p.
ISBN
0857284533 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780857284532 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York, NY : Anthem Press, 2012.
isbn
0857284533 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780857284532 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
Lithuania : an overview -- List of tables and figures -- Introduction -- Small-scale farmers at the geopolitical return to Europe 1990-2004 -- Paradoxes of aging : on aging farmers and aging politicians -- Effects of and responses to the EU programs in the countryside -- The insiders and the outsiders : Europeanization of products and people in the marketplace -- "If you wish your son bad luck, give him your land" : Europeanization, demographic change, and social security -- "They told us we would be getting up on the high mountain" : concluding remarks -- Bibliography.
catalogue key
8405808
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [173]-183) and index.
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"Analyzing Lithuania's development as two parallel and intertwined processes - withdrawing from the Soviet Union and entering the EU - 'New Lithuania in Old Hands' provides a convincing understanding of the country's continuities and discontinuities with its socialist past. The book's vivid ethnographic examples provide a deep insight into Lithuanians' ambivalent feelings of anxiety, fear, and hope for affluence and a better future." -Dr Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
"Ida Knudsen's discussion of the way continuities from the Soviet past seep into the EU present is first rate, showing convincingly how established patterns of social relations - such as 'blat,' networks and corruption - adapt to the EU context. Perhaps the most original aspect of the work, however, is her convincing argument that in the journey from Brussels to the outlying marginal regions, EU policy is translated into myriad economic, social and political processes, creating in practice many different local EUs." -Dr Frances Pine, Goldsmiths, University of London
"Knudsen's account of Europeanization highlights the difficulties in applying common policies to uncommon situations, especially given the reluctance of older Lithuanians to accept that small-scale farming has no real future. It is to the author's credit that she shows that Europeanization can be studied just as well via investigating the experience of everyday changes as it can via an examination of treaties and national development plans." -Dr Andrew Cartwright, Central European University
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Main Description
Based on detailed ethnographic material, 'New Lithuania in Old Hands' analyzes the impact that European Union membership has had upon the country's ageing small-scale farmers. Addressing the highly relevant themes of European Union enlargement and the 'Return to Europe', this book describes how Lithuania's EU membership has been a far cry from the scenarios of wealth and overabundance once promised. Rather, the text details the agrarian sector's recent movement towards subsistence production, increased insecurity and a reinforcement of kinship obligations, and acknowledges that it is the country's ageing 'Soviet generation' - as opposed to its political elite - that has brought into effect the restructuring of the agricultural sector in the wake of Lithuania's EU accession.
Main Description
Based on detailed ethnographic material, "New Lithuania in Old Hands" analyzes the impact that European Union accession has had upon the country's aging smallscale farmers, and describes how the reality of Lithuania's EU membership has been a far cry from the scenarios of wealth and overabundance once promised. The text reveals that, in many instances, membership has resulted in a return to subsistence production, increased insecurity and a reinforcement of kinship obligations. Thus instead of treating the European Union as an elite project and voicing the support of various other segments of the population, this volume shows how broad parts of the rural population have been affected by and engaged in processes of change following Lithuania's accession - changes that threaten to have a large impact upon the future of the country's family structures and its farming demographic.
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'New Lithuania in Old Hands' examines the impact Lithuania's EU membership has had upon the country's ageing small-scale farmers.
Long Description
Based on detailed ethnographic material, 'New Lithuania in Old Hands' analyzes the impact that European Union membership has had upon the country's ageing small-scale farmers. Addressing the highly relevant themes of European Union enlargement and the 'Return to Europe', this book describes how Lithuania's EU membership has been a far cry from the scenarios of wealth and overabundance once promised. On the contrary, membership of the EU has in many instances resulted in a return to subsistence production, increased insecurity and a reinforcement of kinship obligations. Within the agrarian sector, such changes threaten to have a large impact upon the future of family structures, and in turn, the future of the farming demographic as a whole. While political forces have attempted to create a 'New Lithuania' in light of Europe's geopolitical agenda, it has been the country's ageing 'Soviet generation' that has actually brought into effect the restructuring of the agricultural sector. Thus, instead of treating the European Union as an elite project and voicing the support of various other parts of the population, 'New Lithuania in Old Hands' shows how the broader parts of the rural population have been affected by and engaged in the processes of change that followed Lithuania's accession to the EU.

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