The Return of Private Property

Rural Life after Agrarian Reform in the Republic of Azerbaijan

By Lale Yalcin-Heckmann

What makes private property valuable, desirable, or workable? This book focuses on the social and economic dimensions of private property in Azerbaijan after the agrarian reforms of 1996. It looks at the kinds of land and cultivation strategies emerging in the decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, and it examines why rural households are often unwilling to cultivate the privatized land shares they have received for free, despite the threat and existence of rural poverty. Consideration is given to households that engage in cultivation and households that do not - including households of internally displaced persons who were formally excluded from privatization, but were nevertheless successful and eager cultivators. The book asks, how far does private property thrive on its own, without the support of lucrative markets or the implementation of state-sponsored economic policies? Through the lens of economic anthropology, it chronicles the historical legacy of authoritarian state structures and the contemporary micro- and macro-economic struggles that mark a politics of property after socialism. (Series: Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia - Vol. 24)

240 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643106292