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Multicase Ethnography

Michael Burawoy

in The Extended Case Method

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259003
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943384 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520259003.003.0005
Multicase Ethnography

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This chapter reflects on the author's own attempts to grapple with the challenges of comparison and imputation in a journey that, in the 1980s, took him from workplace to workplace in Hungary and, then, in the 1990s, from workplace to community in Russia's market transition. He asks, what was peculiar to work organization and working-class consciousness in the “workers' state,” that is, under actually existing socialism, and with what consequences for the demise of the old order and the genesis of the new? And now he must also ask, what are the lasting lessons we can draw from socialism-as-it-was?

Keywords: work organization; working class consciousness; socialism; ethnographer

Chapter.  13378 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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