Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present

Synopsis

In these original essays on long-term patterns of everyday life in prerevolutionary, Soviet, and contemporary Russia, distinguished scholars survey the cultural practices, power relations, and behaviors that characterized daily existence for Russians through the post-Soviet present. Microanalyses and transnational perspectives shed new light on the formation and elaboration of gender, ethnicity, class, nationalism, and subjectivity. Changes in consumption and communication patterns, the restructuring of familial and social relations, systems of cultural meanings, and evolving practices in the home, at the workplace, and at sites of leisure are among the topics explored.

Excerpt

This volume originated from a series of interlinked and parallel conversations among the editors. These discussions explored new possibilities for transnational collaboration and developments in critical theory on the nature of the quotidian. Our initial deliberations led to the convocation of an interdisciplinary workshop entitled “Everyday Life in Russia and the Soviet Union” in May 2010 that was generously funded by Indiana University and held on its Bloomington campus. Our aim from the outset was ambitious: we wanted to expand our intellectual horizons and cast our research net as broadly as possible. Rather than restrict ourselves to our own subfields of academic expertise, we organized the meeting as a working conference or seminar that would allow us to familiarize ourselves with new scholarship in the fields of history, anthropology, literature, art, and film studies. Over the course of three days, specialists in imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet studies from Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States considered developments in their particular fields of research and searched for linkages, continuities, and discontinuities across periods and disciplines. The chapters in this volume reflect the intellectual breadth of our workshop deliberations and our common desire to transcend boundaries imposed by disciplinary orientation and standard periodization.

The elusive and ill-defined nature of everyday life invites a reexamination of the analytical categories generated in the aftermath of the Bol-

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