Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society Since Gorbachev

Adele Marie Barker
Duke University Press, 1999 - 473 Seiten
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With the collapse of the Soviet empire in the late 1980s, the Russian social landscape has undergone its most dramatic changes since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, turning the once bland and monolithic state-run marketplace into a virtual maze of specialty shops—from sushi bars to discotheques and tattoo parlors. In Consuming Russia editor Adele Marie Barker presents the first book-length volume to explore the sweeping cultural transformation taking place in the new Russia.
The contributors examine how the people of Russia reconcile prerevolutionary elite culture—as well as the communist legacy—with the influx of popular influences from the West to build a society that no longer relies on a single dominant discourse and embraces the multiplicities of both public and private Russian life. Barker brings together Russian and American scholars from anthropology, history, literature, political science, sociology, and cultural studies. These experts fuse theoretical analysis with ethnographic research to analyze the rise of popular culture, covering topics as varied as post-Soviet rave culture, rock music, children and advertising, pyramid schemes, tattooing, pets, and spectator sports. They consider detective novels, anecdotes, issues of feminism and queer sexuality, nostalgia, the Russian cinema, and graffiti. Discussions of pornography, religious cults, and the deployment of Soviet ideological symbols as post-Soviet kitsch also help to demonstrate how the rebuilding of Russia's political and economic infrastructure has been influenced by its citizens' cultural production and consumption.
This volume will appeal to those engaged with post-Soviet studies, to anyone interested in the state of Russian society, and to readers more generally involved with the study of popular culture.

Adele Marie Barker, Eliot Borenstein, Svetlana Boym, John Bushnell, Nancy Condee, Robert Edelman, Laurie Essig, Julia P. Friedman, Paul W. Goldschmidt, Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Anna Krylova, Susan Larsen, Catharine Theimer Nepomnyaschy, Theresa Sabonis-Chafee, Tim Scholl, Adam Weiner, Alexei Yurchak, Elizabeth Kristofovich Zelensky

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Rereading Russia
The Culture Factory Theorizing the Popular in the Old and New Russia
Public Offerings MMM and the Marketing of Melodrama
Gagarin and the Rave Kids Transforming Power Identity and Aesthetics in PostSoviet Nightlife
Between a Rock and a Hard Place Holy Rus and Its Alternatives in Russian Rock Music
Popular Childrens Culture in PostPerestroika Russia Songs of Innocence and Experience Revisited
Markets Mirrors and Mayhem Aleksandra Marinina and the Rise of the New Russian Detektiv
In Search of an Audience The New Russian Cinema of Reconciliation
Queer Performance Male Ballet
Pornography in Russia
Body Graphics Tattooing the Fall of Communism
Communism as Kitsch Soviet Symbols in PostSoviet Society
From the Toilet to the Museum Memory and Metamorphosis of Soviet Trash
Paranoid Graffiti at Execution Wall Nationalist Interpretations of Russias Travail
Christianity Antisemitism Nationalism Russian Orthodoxy in a Reborn Orthodox Russia
Suspending Disbelief Cults and Postmodernism in PostSoviet Russia

There Are no Rules on Planet Russia PostSoviet Spectator Sport
Saying Lenin and Meaning Party Subversion and Laughter in Soviet and PostSoviet Society
Going to the Dogs Pet Life in the New Russia
Publicly Queer Representations of Queer Subjects and Subjectivities in the Absence of Identity

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Über den Autor (1999)

Adele Marie Barker is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Mother Syndrome in the Russian Folk Imagination and coeditor of Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges between (Ex)Soviet and American Women, also published by Duke University Press.

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