Acts of Resistance: Against the Tyranny of the Market by Pierre Bourdieu

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By Pierre Bourdieu

A devastating critique of free-market politics from wonderful sociologist Pierre Bourdieu.

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For instance the two gorkom secretaries in Soligorsk were ranked in the bottom stratum, and this because their respective pool had only one transition to another job, that of secretary of the primary party organization at the Belarusskali mining works at Soligorsk, a position ranked in Stratum 9. Consequently, it was decided that nominally equivalent ranking would yield a more accurate result in this case and both gorkom secretaries were reassigned to Stratum 7 where the majority of gorkom secretaries had been ranked by the computer program.

From the standpoint of the career mobility of the actors themselves they obviously were. These were the jobs that led directly to positions in the top strata, hence their high ranking in a hierarchy based on mobility. As we shall see in subsequent chapters, these jobs were apparently used by a clique within the KPB as stepping stones to advance the careers of clique members and, by the same token, the overall position of the clique within the system. Here 34 An algebra of Soviet power we might note that these cases highlight the fact that the 'importance' of given positions may be radically altered when we approach it from the perspective of the relations among actors and their patterns of mobility rather than seeing it as some objective quality residing in the job.

Then, while still Chair, he was dropped from the Central Committee altogether in 1986. A similar pattern is evident in the careers of other individuals. V. V. ) to Chair of the State Committee on Films he was dropped to candidate membership. As first secretary of a rural raikom, U. F. Krishtalevich was on the Central Committee, but on becoming Deputy Minister of Social Security he was dropped from the roster. The President of the Grodno Oblispolkom, N. P. Molochko, lost his Central Committee membership on becoming Belorussian Minister of Trade.

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