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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Genesis and Themes of Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Approaches to Everyday Life
  2. pp. 15-16
  1. 1. The Scholarship of Everyday Life
  2. David L. Ransel
  3. pp. 17-34
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  1. 2. Provincial Nobles, Elite History, and the Imagination of Everyday Life
  2. Mary Cavender
  3. pp. 35-51
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  1. 3. Resisting Resistance: Everyday Life, Practical Competence, and Neoliberal Rhetoric in Postsocialist Russia
  2. Olga Shevchenko
  3. pp. 52-71
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  1. 4. The Oil Company and the Crafts Fair: From Povsednevnost′ to Byt in Postsocialist Russia
  2. Douglas Rogers
  3. pp. 72-94
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  1. Part II: Public Identities and Public Space
  2. pp. 95-96
  1. 5. “We Don’t Talk about Ourselves”: Women Academics Recall Their Path to Success
  2. Natalia Pushkareva
  3. pp. 97-117
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  1. 6. The Literature of Everyday Life and Popular Representations of Motherhood in Brezhnev’s Time
  2. Elizabeth Skomp
  3. pp. 118-139
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  1. 7. “They Are Taking That Air from Us”: Sale of Commonly Enjoyed Properties to Private Developers
  2. David L. Ransel
  3. pp. 140-160
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  1. Part III. Living Space and Personal Choice
  2. pp. 161-162
  1. 8. Everyday Life and the Problem of Conceptualizing Public and Private during the Khrushchev Era
  2. Deborah A. Field
  3. pp. 163-180
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  1. 9. Soviet Mass Housing and the Communist Way of Life
  2. Steven E. Harris
  3. pp. 181-202
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  1. 10. Everyday Aesthetics in the Khrushchev-Era Standard Apartment
  2. Susan E. Reid
  3. pp. 203-233
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  1. 11. The Post-Soviet Kommunalka: Continuity and Difference?
  2. Ilya Utekhin
  3. pp. 234-252
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  1. Part IV. Myth, Memory, and the History of Everyday Life
  2. pp. 253-254
  1. 12. Everyday Stalinism in Transition-Era Film
  2. Peter C. Pozefsky
  3. pp. 255-278
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  1. 13. Totality Decomposed: Objectalizing Late Socialism in Post-Soviet Biochronicles
  2. Serguei Oushakine
  3. pp. 279-310
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  1. 14. Everyday Life and the Ties That Bind in Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Medea and Her Children
  2. Benjamin Sutcliffe
  3. pp. 311-326
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  1. Part V. Coming Home: Transnational Connections
  2. pp. 327-328
  1. 15. Sino-Soviet Every Day: Chinese Revolutionaries in Moscow Military Schools, 1927–1930
  2. Elizabeth McGuire
  3. pp. 329-349
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  1. 16. Coming Home Soviet Style: The Reintegration of Afghan Veterans into Soviet Everyday Life
  2. Karen Petrone
  3. pp. 350-367
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  1. 17. Everyday Life in Transnational Perspective: Consumption and Consumerism, 1917–1939
  2. Choi Chatterjee
  3. pp. 368-389
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  1. Afterword
  2. Sheila Fitzpatrick
  3. pp. 390-406
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 407-414
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 415-420
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 421-430
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