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Peasants into European Farmers?
EU Integration in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania
Reihe: Freiburger Sozialanthropologische Studien/Freiburg Studies in Social Anthropology/ Etudes d'Anthropologie Sociale de l'Université de Fribourg
Bd. 33, 2011, 360 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-80107-4
This is an ethnographic analysis of how the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was deployed by policy makers and elites in the first year after EU membership, and how it shaped peasant livelihoods. Given the polarised nature of Romania's postsocialist agrarian structure, the CAP excluded peasants from its policies, and demanded they change their subsistence farms into commercial farms. Arguing from the premise that subsistence farms are actually peasant households working on different principles from farms altogether, it was possible to inquire into the resourceful strategies people deployed in their everyday lives.