Material Culture in Russia and the USSR comprises some of the most cutting-edge scholarship across anthropology, history and material and cultural studies relating to Russia and the Soviet Union, from Peter the Great to Putin.Material culture in Russia and the USSR holds a particularly important role, as the distinction between private and public spheres has at times developed in radically different ways than in many places in the more commonly studied West. With case studies covering alcohol, fashion, cinema, advertising and photography among other topics, this wide-ranging collection offers an unparalleled survey of material culture in Russia and the USSR and addresses core questions such as: what makes Russian and Soviet material culture distinctive; who produces it; what values it portrays; and how it relates to 'high culture' and consumer culture.
Table of Contents
List of FiguresNotes on ContributorsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities Graham H. Roberts, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défence, France1. Windows in Russian Peasant Dwellings in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries Ivan R. Sokolovskii, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia2. Equalizing Misery, Differentiating Objects: The Material World of the Stalinist Exile Emilia Koustova, University of Strasbourg, France3. Constructing Soviet Domesticity and Managing Everyday Life from Khrushchev to Collapse Anna Alekseyeva, University of Oxford, UK4. Photographs in Contemporary Russian Rural and Urban Interiors Olga Boitsova, University of St. Petersburg, Russia5. Russian Culture through a Shot Glass: The Shustov Cognac Advertising Campaign 1910-12 Sally West, Truman State University, USA6. The Invention of Soviet Advertising Marjorie L. Hilton, Murray State University, USA7. Gender and the Emergence of the Soviet 'Citizen-Consumer' in Comparative Perspective Amy Randall, Santa Clara University, USA8. 'The Great Soviet Dream': Blue Jeans in the Brezhnev Era and Beyond Natalya Chernyshova, University of Winchester, UK9. 'The Disco Mafia' and 'Komsomol Capitalism' in Soviet Ukraine during Late Socialism Sergey I. Zhuk, Ball State University, USA10. The Material Culture of the Soviet Village between the 1950s and the 1980s as Represented in Soviet Feature Cinema Lyudmila Mazur and Oleg Gorbachev, Ural Federal University, Russia11. The Role of a Number of Key Places and Things of Soviet Material Culture in the Works of Lyudmila Ulitskaya Giulia Gigante, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BelgiumAfterword Alaina Lemon, University of Michigan, USABibliographyIndex
Graham H. Roberts teaches Russian Studies at Université Paris Nanterre, France.
"Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities is a welcome addition to what is still an underrepresented field, studies of the material culture of Eastern Europe. - H-Net The book is an important contribution to the field, and its strongest chapters contextualize material culture in Russia and the USSR by placing it in a global and transnational perspective, allowing us to identify the particular meanings of objects in a Russian and Soviet setting while linking these objects to worldwide patterns of consumption and exchange. - The Russian Review In his introduction to Material Culture in Russia and the USSR, Graham Roberts not only offers a solid definition of what constitutes material culture, but also argues that the 11 articles in this collection bridge the gap between Slavic and material culture studies. - Canadian Slavonic Papers"