Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

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In these original essays on long-term patterns of everyday life in prerevolutionary, Soviet, and contemporary Russia, distinguished scholars survey the cultural practices, power relations, and behaviors that characterized daily existence for Russians through the post-Soviet present. Microanalyses and transnational perspectives shed new light on the formation and elaboration of gender, ethnicity, class, nationalism, and subjectivity. Changes in consumption and communication patterns, the restructuring of familial and social relations, systems of cultural meanings, and evolving practices in the home, at the workplace, and at sites of leisure are among the topics explored.show more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 816.46g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w illus.
  • 0253012457
  • 9780253012456

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An engaging look at a vibrant area of research. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice * Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present . . . offers readers a richly theoretical and empirical consideration of the 'state of play' of everyday life as it applies to the interdisciplinary study of Russia. * Slavic Review * Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present is an excellent and ambitious edited collection . . . . The authors . . . are some of the best in the field and their contributions challenge and expand our understanding of the concept of everyday life as lived in prerevolutionary, Soviet, and contemporary Russia. * Canadian Slavonic Papers * [T]his book is a must-read for any scholar engaging with Russian culture. It explores many unfamiliar facets of everyday Russia and reveals new, unexpected angles of familiar topics. * The Russian Review *show more

About Choi Chatterjee

Choi Chatterjee is Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles.David L. Ransel is Robert F. Byrnes Professor of History at Indiana University Bloomington.Mary Cavender is Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University at Mansfield.Karen Petrone is Professor of History at the University of Kentucky.show more

Table of contents

IntroductionPart I. Approaches to Everyday Life1. The Scholarship of Everyday Life / David L. Ransel2. Provincial Nobles, Elite History and the Imagination of Everyday Life / Mary Cavender3. Resisting Resistance: Everyday life, Practical Competence and Neoliberal Rhetoric in Postsocialist Russia / Olga Shevchenko,4. The Oil Company and the Crafts Fair: From Povsednevnost' to Byt in Postsocialist Russia / Douglas RogersPart II. Public Identities and Public Space5. 'We don't talk about ourselves': Women Academics Recall Their Path to Success / Natalia Pushkareva6. The Literature of Everyday Life and Popular Representations of Motherhood in Brezhnev's Time / Elizabeth Skomp7. 'They Are Taking That Air From Us': Sale of Commonly Enjoyed Properties to Private Developers / David L. RanselPart III. Living Space and Personal Choice 8. Everyday Life and the Problem of Conceptualizing Public and Private during the Khrushchev Era / Deborah A. Field9. Soviet Mass Housing and the Communist Way of Life / Steven E. Harris10. Everyday Aesthetics in the Khrushchev-Era Standard Apartment / Susan E. Reid11. The Soviet Communal Apartment Lives On, Adapting to Post-Soviet Conditions / Ilya UtekhinPart IV. Myth, Memory, and the History of Everyday Life 12. Everyday Stalinism in Transition-Era Film / Peter C. Pozefsky13. Totality Decomposed: Objectalizing Late Socialism in Post-Soviet Biochronicles / Serguei Oushakine14. Everyday Life and the Ties that Bind in Liudmila Ulitskaia's Medea and Her Children / Benjamin SutcliffePart V. Coming Home: Transnational Connections 15. Sino-Soviet Every Day: Chinese Revolutionaries in Moscow Military Schools, 1927-1930 / Elizabeth McGuire16. Coming Home Soviet Style: The Reintegration of Afghan Veterans into Soviet Everyday Life / Karen Petrone17. Everyday Life in Transnational Perspective: Consumption, Consumerism, and Party Favors, 1917-1939 / Choi Chatterjshow more