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National Ideology Under SocialismIdentity and Cultural Politics in Ceausescu's Romania$
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Katherine Verdery

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520072169

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520072169.001.0001

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

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

(p.137) CHAPTER FOUR The Means of Conflict: “Elitism” “Dogmatism” and Indigenizations of Marxism
National Ideology Under Socialism

Katherine Verdery

University of California Press

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

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