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

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ISBN-10: 0822323133
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“An invaluable key to reading the cultural salad of today’s Russia, useful to students as well as to their teachers. Barbie dolls, detective fiction, raves and the gay scene, tattoos and graffiti, even an Argentine soap opera that advertises a pyramid scheme: Consuming Russia is great as a classroom text and as a guidebook to the changing face of popular culture.”—James von Geldern, Macalester College


“This volume on post-Soviet Russian culture is noteworthy for its range and critical edge. The authors comment on the impact of Western productions and practices, as well as the reformulation of longstanding Russian traditions. Adele Barker is to be congratulated. From rock and sport to film and popular literature, here is a cook’s tour of the sad, curious, and sometimes marvelous carnival of post-Soviet public expression.”—Jeffrey Brooks, Johns Hopkins University

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"An invaluable key to reading the cultural salad of today's Russia, useful to students as well as to their teachers. Barbie dolls, detective fiction, raves and the gay scene, tattoos and graffiti, even an Argentine soap opera that advertises a pyramid scheme: "Consuming Russia" is great as a classroom text and as a guidebook to the changing face of popular culture."--James von Geldern, Macalester College
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822323133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822323136
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,746,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has the rare quality of being a classroom text as well as a report. Today's Russia. Pyramid schemes, religion, rave parties,rock music, detective stories, cinema, pets, porn, graffiti, tattooing... the carnival of crazy New Russia to be read overnight. A shock.
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Going to Russia? Buy it. Interested in reading about contemporary Russia beyond what the newspapers tell you? Buy it. Taking a class on Russian culture? Buy it. I really can't recommend this book enough for specialists and novices alike. There's something to please everybody here.
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This is requisite reading for anyone seeking meaning into the collapse of the Soviet Union and the cultural artifacts left in its wake. The Russian consumer, once a vessel of the state is now liberated and roaming freely across the post-Soviet Savannah, so a group of Russian Area studies academics take note and track its evolution. Their conclusions are stunning.

Discover how public and private domains are reinvented in the new Russia, how Soviet ideology and myth making compare favorably and unfavorably to Western marketing and how consumers fall into the perilous trap of being both its producers and end users.

Learn how artistic kitsch of Stalinist culture inspired a revolt by high art and culture in the 60's and '70s, only to succumb to the soap operas and pulp fiction of today.

How did yesterday's cultural elites become today's taxi cab drivers and yesterday's taxi cab drivers become today's elites? How did Soviet ideological symbols evolve from post-Communist kitsch to symbols of cool? Why is pornography more than just a means to sell products, but also a marker for a "private space" revolt against the public domain?

This is a remarkable collection of cultural essays, defiant to anybody who insists that understanding the Soviet collapse and post-Soviet milieu is possible only through political and economic narrative.
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Dull and biased
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