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Whose Right to Rest? Contesting the Family Vacation in the Postwar Soviet Union

Koenker, DP; (2009) Whose Right to Rest? Contesting the Family Vacation in the Postwar Soviet Union. Comparative Studies in Society and History , 51 (2) pp. 401-425. 10.1017/S0010417509000176. Green open access

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Abstract

The idea of leisure and vacations in the Soviet Union at first glance suggests a paradox. As a system based on the labor theory of value, the USSR emphasized production as the foundation of wealth, personal worth, and the path to a society of abundance for all. Work—physical or mental—was the obligation of all citizens. But work took its toll on the human organism, and along with creating the necessary incentives and conditions for productive labor a socialist system would also include reproductive rest as an integral element of its economy. The eight-hour work day, a weekly day off from work, and an annual vacation constituted the triad of restorative and healthful rest opportunities in the emerging Soviet system of the 1920s and 1930s.

Type: Article
Title: Whose Right to Rest? Contesting the Family Vacation in the Postwar Soviet Union
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0010417509000176
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0010417509000176
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Anthropology, History, Sociology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10043448
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