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