Archaeology of Socialism

Archaeology of Socialism

by Victor Buchli
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859732127

ISBN-13: 9781859732120

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

This highly original case study, which adopts a material culture perspective, is unprecedented in social and cultural histories of the Soviet period and provides a unique window on social relations. The author demonstrates how Moisei Ginzburg's Constructivist masterpiece, the Narkomfin Communal House, employed classic Marxist understandings of material culture in

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This highly original case study, which adopts a material culture perspective, is unprecedented in social and cultural histories of the Soviet period and provides a unique window on social relations. The author demonstrates how Moisei Ginzburg's Constructivist masterpiece, the Narkomfin Communal House, employed classic Marxist understandings of material culture in an effort to overturn capitalist and patriarchal social structures. Through the edifying effects of architectural forms, Ginzburg attempted to induce socialist and feminist-inspired social and gender relations. The author shows how, for the inhabitants, these principles manifested themselves, from taste to hygiene to gender roles, and how individuals variously appropriated architectural space and material culture to cope with the conditions of daily life, from the utopianism of the First Five Year Plan and Stalin's purges to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

This book makes a major contribution to: the history of socialism in the Soviet Union and, more generally, Eastern Europe; material culture studies; architectural history; archaeology and social anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859732120
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Materializing Culture Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
1Introduction1
2Revolution and the Restructuring of the Material World23
3Soviet Hygiene and the Battle against Dirt and Petit-Bourgeois Consciousness41
4The Narkomfin Communal House and the Material Culture of Socialism63
5Stalinism and the Domestication of Marxism77
6The Narkomfin Communal House and Marxist Domesticity99
7De-Stalinisation and the Reinvigoration of Marxist Understandings of the Material World137
8The Narkomfin Communal House and the Material Culture of De-Stalinisation159
9Conclusion185
Appendix201
Sources209
Index219

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