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Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities

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Mark Bassin, Catriona Kelly, Ronald Grigor Suny, Nancy Condee, Birgit Beumers, Dmitry Baranov, Albert Baiburin, Vitaly Bezrogov, Andrew Jenks, Sergei Abashin, Dina Khapaeva, Elza-Bair Guchinova, Victoria Arnold, Michael Gorham, Olivier Ferrando, Anna Kushkova, Alexander Panchenko, Galina Miazhevich
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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316631973

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  • Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, questions of identity have dominated the culture not only of Russia, but of all the countries of the former Soviet bloc. This timely collection examines the ways in which cultural activities such as fiction, TV, cinema, architecture and exhibitions have addressed these questions and also describes other cultural flashpoints, from attitudes to language to the use of passports. It discusses definitions of political and cultural nationalism, as well as the myths, institutions and practices that moulded and expressed national identity. From post-Soviet recollections of food shortages to the attempts by officials to control popular religion, it analyses a variety of unexpected and compelling topics to offer fresh insights about this key area of world culture. Illustrated with numerous photographs, it presents the results of recent research in an accessible and lively way.

    • A fresh look at contemporary Russia and Eurasia, clarifying how the Soviet past impacts on the present
    • An interdisciplinary approach, with new essays from leading political scientists, anthropologists, historians and specialists in literature and film
    • Will be of interest to scholars in Russian studies as well as comparative cultural and political history and literature
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bringing into dialogue some of the most engaging and innovative new research on the construction of social identity in the Soviet and post-Soviet states, this volume is an impressive achievement and valuable contribution to the field."
    Victoria Donovan, Modern Language Review

    "Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities is a significant contribution to Slavic Studies and to the field of nationhood studies more generally."
    Andrea Lanoux, The Russian Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316631973
    • length: 386 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Mark Bassin and Catriona Kelly
    Part I. The Status of National Identity:
    1. The contradictions of identity: being Soviet and National in the USSR and after Ronald Grigor Suny
    2. Tales told by Nationalists Nancy Condee
    Part II. Institutions of National Identity:
    3. National identity through visions of the past: contemporary Russian cinema Birgit Beumers
    4. Archaising culture: the Museum of Ethnography Dmitry Baranov
    5. Rituals of identity: the Soviet passport Albert Baiburin
    Part III. Myths of National Identity:
    6. 'If the war comes tomorrow': patriotic education in Soviet and post-Soviet primary school Vitaly Bezrogov
    7. Conquering space: the cult of Yuri Gagarin Andrew Jenks
    8. Nation-construction in post-Soviet Central Asia Sergei Abashin
    Part IV. Spaces of National Identity:
    9. Soviet and post-Soviet Moscow: literary reality or nightmare? Dina Khapaeva
    10. From the USSR to the Orient: national and ethnic symbols in the city text of Elista Elza-Bair Guchinova
    11. The place(s) of Islam in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia Victoria Arnold
    Part V. Languages of National Identity:
    12. Language culture and identity in post-Soviet Russia: the economies of mat Michael Gorham
    13. Policies and practices of language education in post-Soviet Central Asia: between ethnic identity and civic consciousness Olivier Ferrando
    14. Surviving in the time of deficit: the narrative construction of a 'Soviet identity' Anna Kushkova
    Part VI. Creeds of National Identity:
    15. Competing orthodoxies: identity and religious belief in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia Catriona Kelly
    16. 'Popular orthodoxy' and identity in twentieth-century Russia: ideology, consumption and competition Alexander Panchenko
    17. Religious affiliation and the politics of post-Soviet identity: the case of Belarus Galina Miazhevich

  • Editors

    Mark Bassin, Södertörns Högskola, Sweden
    Mark Bassin is Research Professor in the History of Ideas at the Center for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm.

    Catriona Kelly, University of Oxford
    Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of New College, Oxford.


    Mark Bassin, Catriona Kelly, Ronald Grigor Suny, Nancy Condee, Birgit Beumers, Dmitry Baranov, Albert Baiburin, Vitaly Bezrogov, Andrew Jenks, Sergei Abashin, Dina Khapaeva, Elza-Bair Guchinova, Victoria Arnold, Michael Gorham, Olivier Ferrando, Anna Kushkova, Alexander Panchenko, Galina Miazhevich

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