Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities

Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities

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Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, questions of identity have dominated the culture not only of Russia, but of all the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This timely collection examines the ways in which cultural activities such as fiction, TV, cinema, architecture and exhibitions have addressed these questions and also describes other cultural flashpoints, from attitudes to language to the use of passports. It discusses definitions of political and cultural nationalism, as well as the myths, institutions and practices that moulded and expressed national identity. From post-Soviet recollections of food shortages to the attempts by officials to control popular religion, it analyses a variety of unexpected and compelling topics to offer fresh insights about this key area of world culture. Illustrated with numerous photographs, it presents the results of recent research in an accessible and lively more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Introduction Mark Bassin and Catriona Kelly; Part I. The Status of National Identity: 1. The contradictions of identity: being Soviet and National in the USSR and after Ronald Grigor Suny; 2. Tales told by Nationalists Nancy Condee; Part II. Institutions of National Identity: 3. National identity through visions of the past: contemporary Russian cinema Birgit Beumers; 4. Archaising culture: the Museum of Ethnography Dmitry Baranov; 5. Rituals of identity: the Soviet passport Albert Baiburin; Part III. Myths of National Identity: 6. 'If the war comes tomorrow': patriotic education in Soviet and post-Soviet primary school Vitaly Bezrogov; 7. Conquering space: the cult of Yuri Gagarin Andrew Jenks; 8. Nation-construction in post-Soviet Central Asia Sergei Abashin; Part IV. Spaces of National Identity: 9. Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow: literary reality or nightmare? Dina Khapaeva; 10. From the USSR to the Orient: national and ethnic symbols in the city text of Elista Elza-Bair Guchinova; 11. The place(s) of Islam in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia Victoria Arnold; Part V. Languages of National Identity: 12. Language culture and identity in post-Soviet Russia: the economies of mat Michael Gorham; 13. Policies and practices of language education in post-Soviet Central Asia: between ethnic identity and civic consciousness Olivier Ferrando; 14. Surviving in the time of deficit: the narrative construction of a 'Soviet identity' Anna Kushkova; Part VI. Creeds of National Identity: 15. Competing orthodoxies: identity and religious belief in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia Catriona Kelly; 16. 'Popular orthodoxy' and identity in twentieth-century Russia: ideology, consumption and competition Alexander Panchenko; 17. Religious affiliation and the politics of post-Soviet identity: the case of Belarus Galina Miazhevich; more

About Mark Bassin

Mark Bassin is Research Professor in the History of Ideas, Center for Baltic and East European Studies, Sodertorn University, Stockholm. Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian, University of Oxford (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages; Fellow of New College, Oxford).show more

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'This is an insightful and informative volume, which provides a wealth of original information in relation to Soviet and post-Soviet identities. The links made between the past and present are particularly valuable, showing the ways in which the past is embedded in, and central for, understanding what is happening in the present. The range of themes and the geographical spread of the book are impressive, as is the use of empirical material in many of the chapters. It is an excellent source for academics and students alike in the field of Soviet and post-Soviet identity studies and it also has great relevance in a comparative sense beyond the region.' Moya Flynn, Slavonica 'Bringing into dialogue some of the most engaging and innovative new research on the construction of social identity in the Soviet and post-Soviet states, this volume is an impressive achievement and valuable contribution to the field.' Victoria Donovan, Modern Language Review 'Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities is a significant contribution to Slavic studies and to the field of nationhood studies more generally.' Andrea Lanoux, The Russian Reviewshow more

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