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Becoming a productive citizen: Labour and the blind community in socialist Romania
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Communication, Culture and Diversity (CCD).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8756-732x
2023 (English)In: Disability and labour in the twentieth century: Historical and comparative perspectives / [ed] R. H. Dinu & S. Bengtsson, London: Routledge, 2023, p. 175-194Chapter in book (Refereed)
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This chapter explores the ways in which blind people in Romania were to be integrated into state socialism through their participation in labour. Being subject to rigorous state control, the blind community accommodated itself to socialist labour regimes and official expectations to become productive citizens. Within this framework, cooperatives became the main catalyst to incorporate disabled people into socialist production. Yet, many of the regime's high aims to maximise productivity went astray. Not only were cooperatives and other types of sheltered workshops constantly plagued by supply shortages, but a majority of blind people, especially those living in rural areas, remained outside the state-sanctioned wage-labour system. While the integration of blind people into working life may have steadily improved their living conditions during the post-war period, socialist production regimes in Romania ultimately fell short of their own expectations.

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London: Routledge, 2023. p. 175-194
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Interdisciplinary Disability Studies
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Social Work History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-59002DOI: 10.4324/9781003316596-10ISBN: 978-1-032-32753-2 (print)ISBN: 978-1-032-32767-9 (print)ISBN: 978-1-003-31659-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-59002DiVA, id: diva2:1714563
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-11-30Bibliographically approved

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