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Published: 01 January 1996
DOI: 10.1215/9780822397885-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9788-5
Published: 02 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059219-004
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... suggests that the East offers important lessons regarding how liberalism prefigures fascist possibility. In compiling a genealogy of Romanian populist protest movements that have seen anticapitalist politics get co-opted by the anticommunist right, it charts the increasingly cramped space from which...
Book Chapter

By Bruce O'Neill
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373278-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7327-8
... of communism, during Romania’s troubled efforts at integrating into the global economy, that Romanians found themselves pushed out of work and housing and onto the streets. Those displaced by heightened market competition lost the ability to participate in a society that was increasingly organized around...
Published: 02 February 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... important lessons regarding how liberalism prefigures fascist possibility. In compiling a genealogy of Romanian populist protest movements that have seen anticapitalist politics get co-opted by the anticommunist right, it charts the increasingly cramped space from which to foster anticapitalist organizing...
Published: 02 February 2024
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... hacker, an ongoing threat to the free world that allegedly only US cybersecurity can extinguish. This chapter draws on ethnographic research and archival investigations into Romanian computing histories. It also follows a theater play made by the Bucharest-based playwright David Schwartz that brings...
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373278-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7327-8
... in the global economy. While breadlines once forced Romanians to spend long hours waiting for basic goods, displacement from the global economy breeds ever-intensifying forms of deprivation. Once-affordable goods and services quickly become unaffordable, slowing down displaced persons’ movement about the city...
Book Chapter

By Bruce O'Neill
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373278-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7327-8
... in turn affected the role of pensioners within familial networks. Under communism, dependable pensions positioned aging Romanians as valuable contributors of time and money to the family. Following economic reforms, the diminished value of government pensions recast retirees as economic burdens...
Book Chapter

By Bruce O'Neill
Published: 17 March 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373278-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7327-8
... ethnographically an illicit market for sexual favors unfolding in the bathroom stalls of the Gara de Nord railway station. Staffed and frequented by homeless men, the market also caters to gay Romanian professionals and foreign tourists. While the quick cash and titillating rushes made possible by these sex...
Published: 02 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059219-005
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... world that allegedly only US cybersecurity can extinguish. This chapter draws on ethnographic research and archival investigations into Romanian computing histories. It also follows a theater play made by the Bucharest-based playwright David Schwartz that brings to the fore lived experiences...
Published: 02 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059219-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... Istoria (Nu) Se Repet? (History [Does Not] Repeat Itself), it peppers in speculative and retrospective ethnographies of hackers, scammers, computer cloners, and political artists who illustrate practices of ?mecherie—a Romanian word with Romani roots connoting street-smart ingenuity and cleverness...
Published: 02 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059219-008
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
.... While companies promulgate fantasies of frictionless automation, many deploy outsourced labor in non-Western locales, including Cluj. On one hand, by deploying Romanian workers behind the magical curtain of automation, novel circulations of race, labor, tenancy, and capital are animated. On the other...
Published: 02 February 2024
DOI: 10.1215/9781478059219-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-5921-9
... Chapter 6 builds on speculative themes, weaving together socialist astrofuturism portrayed in Romanian and Moldovan film, art, and speculative fiction with ethnographic observations of capitalist ruination. It begins with a close reading of the film Gagarin’s Tree by Mona V?t?manu and Florin...