The continuous workweek (1929-1931): an attempt of constructing a new type of social time structure
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The continuous workweek (1929-1931): an attempt of constructing a new type of social time structure
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S207987840000190-8-2
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The question of the article is an attempt of the Soviet Government to reform the structure of the social time on the national level. In August 1929 Council of People’s Comissars of the USSR enacted a law on the continuous workweek (nepreryvka) at the plants, factories and institutions of the country. Not only the week was transformed (it was reduced to 5 days – four working days and one day off), but the rhythm of social life. The unified weekend was abolished. All people were to be divided to five or six groups, which had their weekend on a particular day of the five-day continuous week. The adoption of that new working schedule was accompanied by unbridled propaganda and revocation of it in 1931 took place almost without prior arrangement. I suppose that it was the elimination of the unified rhythm of social time that turned out to be crucial point of the reform failure.
Keywords
Russian History, Soviet History, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Time
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13.09.2012
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30.11.2012
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