In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas

In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas

by Bruce Grant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691044325

ISBN-13: 9780691044323

Pub. Date: 10/02/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

At the outset of the twentieth century, the Nivkhi of Sakhalin Island were a small population of fishermen under Russian dominion and an Asian cultural sway. The turbulence of the decades that followed would transform them dramatically. While Russian missionaries hounded them for their pagan ways, Lenin praised them; while Stalin routed them in purges, Khrushchev

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At the outset of the twentieth century, the Nivkhi of Sakhalin Island were a small population of fishermen under Russian dominion and an Asian cultural sway. The turbulence of the decades that followed would transform them dramatically. While Russian missionaries hounded them for their pagan ways, Lenin praised them; while Stalin routed them in purges, Khrushchev gave them respite; and while Brezhnev organized complex resettlement campaigns, Gorbachev pronounced that they were free to resume a traditional life. But what is tradition after seven decades of building a Soviet world?

Based on years of research in the former Soviet Union, Bruce Grant's book draws upon Nivkh interviews, newly opened archives, and rarely translated Soviet ethnographic texts to examine the effects of this remarkable state venture in the construction of identity. With a keen sensitivity, Grant explores the often paradoxical participation by Nivkhi in these shifting waves of Sovietization and poses questions about how cultural identity is constituted and reconstituted, restructured and dismantled.

Part chronicle of modernization, part saga of memory and forgetting, In the Soviet House of Culture is an interpretive ethnography of one people's attempts to recapture the past as they look toward the future. This is a book that will appeal to anthropologists and historians alike, as well as to anyone who is interested in the people and politics of the former Soviet Union.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691044323
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/02/1995
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration and Terminology
List of Abbreviations
1Introduction3
2Rybnoe Reconstructed18
3Nivkhi before the Soviets40
41920s and the New Order68
5The Stalinist Period90
61960s Resettlements and the Time of Stagnation120
7Perestroika Revisited: On Dissolution and Disillusion144
8Conclusions: The Subjects Presumed to Know156
Appendix: "A Recently Discovered Case of Group Marriage"165
Notes169
Bibliography191
Index223

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