The Means of Conflict: “Elitism” “Dogmatism” and Indigenizations of Marxism

Katherine Verdery

in National Ideology Under Socialism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1991 | ISBN: 9780520072169
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520917286 | DOI:
The Means of Conflict: “Elitism” “Dogmatism” and Indigenizations of Marxism

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This chapter discusses arguments about cultural representativeness, with various contenders claiming to represent Romania's cultural interests, in hopes that their program would persuade the center to support them. There was much more to the verbal conflict of Romanian cultural politics than merely random exchanges of barbed words. The environment itself gave certain verbal weapons which added force. The reason for this was the nature of the bureaucratic support for culture. To gain central backing required arguments and idioms that the center found persuasive. In Ceauşescu's Romania, there were two sets of idioms the center tended to find persuasive. Initially there was only the language of Marxism–Leninism, on which the regime ostensibly rested, later this was joined by the language of national values, which coexisted with and increasingly displaced mere Marxism–Leninism.

Keywords: means of conflict; elitism; dogmatism; indigenizations of Marxism; Romanian cultural politics; cultural representativeness

Chapter.  12079 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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