Everyday Life in Russia: Past and Present

Indiana University Press
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A panoramic, interdisciplinary survey of Russian lives and “a must-read for any scholar engaging with Russian culture” (The Russian Review).
 
In this interdisciplinary collection of essays, distinguished scholars survey the cultural practices, power relations, and behaviors that characterized Russian daily life from pre-revolutionary times 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.
 
“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
 
“An engaging look at a vibrant area of research . . . Highly recommended.” —Choice
 
“Volumes of such diversity frequently miss the mark, but this one represents a welcomed introduction to and a ‘must’ read for anyone seriously interested in the subject.” —Cahiers du Monde russe
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About the author

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.

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Publisher
Indiana University Press
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Published on
Jan 29, 2015
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Pages
428
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ISBN
9780253012609
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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