“The Socialist Competition” At The Youth Working Actions In The Yugoslavia 1946–1961 Cover Image

„Socijalističko takmičenje“ na omladinskim radnim akcijama u Jugoslaviji 1946–1951.
“The Socialist Competition” At The Youth Working Actions In The Yugoslavia 1946–1961

Author(s): Ivan S. Hofman
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institut za savremenu istoriju, Beograd

Summary/Abstract: The ideologist of the Yugoslav Communist Party, perceived the socialism as constant struggle and one of the crucial battles for building of the new society. The regulary organized Youth Working Actions were of the special importance as places where this struggle could be developed, organized and led. The main method was the “Socialist Competition”. It has the emphasized ideological dimension, since the hard physical labor was perceived as the main tool for building of the strong and conscious personalities of the socialist men and women. Inspiration for the established practice of the “Socialist Competition” was discovered in the theoretical works of the classics of the Marxism: Lenin and Stalin. The Competition propaganda was very aggressive. It was constantly announced in the news and the radio program which was listened in the Working Actions compounds. Those announcements were actually paroles fitted with the graphic images of the work statistics, coupled with the portrait of the Yugoslav Communist Party leaders and scenes of the youth in work. The authors reviles the “other” side of the Competitions, showing the young party cadres struggling for easy climbing within the hierarchy, problems of the quality of the works and buildings performed, as well as the injuries and some fatalities in this process, which remained hidden from the propaganda efforts. But besides such problems, in general, the Socialist Competition helped the mobilizing of the youth for public works, among many resulted in important building and infrastructure works.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 155-170
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Serbian