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The Value of Labor: The Science of Commodification in Hungary, 1920-1956

Martha Lampland


In this book it is argued that the commodification of labor in a modern economy relies on complex technical procedures and an extensive institutional infrastructure that precede, and may in fact replace, the role of market forces. The history of evaluating labor in capitalist work science and socialist wage policy in Hungary between 1920 and 1956 illustrates the means by which labor is transformed from a generic activity to discrete units of value accrued over time in a hierarchically structured workplace. This account situates the analysis in the broader context of rationalizing work and busi ... More

Keywords: collectivization, commodification of labor, economics, Hungary, infrastructure, market, Soviet Union, transition to socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226314600
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226314747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martha Lampland, author
University of California, San Diego