Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-1985

Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-1985

by Neringa Klumbyte
     
 

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What did it mean to be a Soviet citizen in the 1970s and 1980s? How can we explain the liberalization that preceded the collapse of the USSR? This period in Soviet history is often depicted as stagnant with stultified institutions and the oppression of socialist citizens. However, the socialist state was not simply an oppressive institution that dictated how to live

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What did it mean to be a Soviet citizen in the 1970s and 1980s? How can we explain the liberalization that preceded the collapse of the USSR? This period in Soviet history is often depicted as stagnant with stultified institutions and the oppression of socialist citizens. However, the socialist state was not simply an oppressive institution that dictated how to live and what to think—it also responded to and was shaped by individuals’ needs.
In Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964–85, Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova bring together scholarship examining the social and cultural life of the USSR and Eastern Europe from 1964 to 1985. This interdisciplinary and comparative study explores topics such as the Soviet middle class, individualism, sexuality, health, late-socialist ethics, and civic participation. Examining this often overlooked era provides the historical context for all post-socialist political, economic, and social developments.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Urban
Revisiting the period of late socialism in the USSR, contributors to this volume search out the rhythms and contours of everyday life and find a multi-vectored reality far removed from conventional Western stereotypes. Cold War Warriors will read this book at their peril.
Peter Rutland
This stimulating collection is one of the first works to delve into the dynamics of daily life under Brezhnev. Its portrayal of a vibrant society which cultivated individualism and consumerism throws down a challenge to conventional wisdom which sees the Soviet Union as a drab monolithic of miserable conformists.
The Russian Review
This volume and other recent studies compel us to reexamine the meaning and nature of late socialism. Even if the Kremlin leadership thought the social foundation on which they stood was firm and stable, it was continually shifting under their feet.
Europe-Asia Studies
Although scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences have long recognised the ‘stagnation’ paradigm’s limitations, consensus on the need for a more nuanced set of concepts, analytical tools, and periodisations for the study of Soviet society in the 1970s–1980s has only begun to crystallise in recent years. This volume’s welcome appearance speaks to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary interest in the social experience of living in the Soviet Union from the Brezhnev era (1964–1982) through Perestroika. Political scientists Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova bring together a welcome collection of essays dealing with a range of topics relevant to social change during these decades. . . .[T]his volume advances our field and sets the agenda for scholarly discussion on Late Socialism for the near future.

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ISBN-13:
9780739175842
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
10/18/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
558 KB

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Michael Urban
Revisiting the period of late socialism in the USSR, contributors to this volume search out the rhythms and contours of everyday life and find a multi-vectored reality far removed from conventional Western stereotypes. Cold War Warriors will read this book at their peril.
Peter Rutland
This stimulating collection is one of the first works to delve into the dynamics of daily life under Brezhnev. Its portrayal of a vibrant society which cultivated individualism and consumerism throws down a challenge to conventional wisdom which sees the Soviet Union as a drab monolithic of miserable conformists.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Was Late Socialism?
By Neringa Klumbyte and Gulnaz Sharafutdinova
1. Plutonium Enriched: Making Bombs and Middle-Classes
By Kate Brown
2. A Middle Class without Capitalism? Socialist Ideology and Post-Collectivist Discourse in the Late Soviet Era
By Anna Paretskaya
3. “Cultural Wars” in the Closed City of Soviet Ukraine, 1959–82
By Sergei I. Zhuk
4. Soviet Ethical Citizenship: Morality, the State, and Laughter in Late Soviet Lithuania
By Neringa Klumbyte
5. Pluralizing Practices in Late-Socialist Moscow: Russian Alternative Practitioners Reclaim and Redefine Individualism
By Larisa Honey
6. Football in the Era of “Changing Stagnation”: The Case of Spartak Moscow
By Robert Edelman
7. Beyond the Genres of Stagnation: Reading the Allure of I. Grekova’s The Hotel Manager
By Benjamin M. Sutcliffe
8. Raped with Politburon: Bawdy Humor and Disempowerment in Yuz Aleshkovsky’s Prose
By Olga Livshin
Afterword: Postcard from Berlin: Rethinking the Juncture of Late Socialism and Late Liberalism in Europe
By Dominic Boyer
Bibliography
About the Authors
Index

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