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Everyday Soviet Utopias
Planning, Design and the Aesthetics of Developed Socialism





ISBN 9780367662455
Published September 29, 2020 by Routledge
286 Pages

 
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This book explores how intellectuals of the later Soviet decades – the 1970s and 1980s – sought to bring about the socialist utopian world. It argues that the last two decades of the Soviet Union were not characterised by state withdrawal and malaise, as some scholars have argued; attempts to envisage and enact Utopia remained as imaginative and creative as ever. The book considers what these utopian ideas looked like through housing schemes, layouts of districts and cities, design of objects and interiors, and proposals for the organisation of family and social life. Relating developments in the Soviet Union to evolving social theory and postmodernism more broadly, the book draws transnational parallels between the intellectual history of east and west in the late twentieth century. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction



Chapter 2: Social and economic control under developed socialism: themes and context



Part I: Everyday Urbanity



Chapter 3: Social life in the microdistrict: forging a new type of collective



Chapter 4: Humanised urban design: visions and realities of city planning



Part II: Domesticity and Khoziaistvo



Chapter 5: From ‘machine’ to ‘organism’: changing views on the nature of the living cell



Chapter 6: Khoziaistvo in the socialist city: organising byt and family life



Part III: Everyday Objects



Chapter 7: Managing consumption and rehabilitating the object-world



Chapter 8: Postmodernism with a Socialist Realist face?



Chapter 9: Conclusion

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Biography

Anna Alekseyeva completed her doctorate at the University of Oxford.