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Diane P. Koenker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451539

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451539.001.0001

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Vacations, Tourism, and the Paradoxes of Soviet Culture

Vacations, Tourism, and the Paradoxes of Soviet Culture

(p.1) Introduction Vacations, Tourism, and the Paradoxes of Soviet Culture
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Diane P. Koenker

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter contextualizes Soviet practices of vacationing and tourism against both the broader history of tourism and the paradox of socialist consumption. It explores the paradoxical combination of pleasure and purpose in Soviet vacation practices by arguing that that consumption had always been a central element of the Soviet dream. Looking at the history of tourism from its beginning in 1927 until the 1980s, the chapter also observes how the consumption of leisure travel helped to produce and reinforce new social distinctions and even stratification in Soviet society. The institutional structures of Soviet tourism and vacations also set them apart from Western models and tsarist predecessors.

Keywords:   tourism, socialist consumption, leisure travel, Soviet tourism, Soviet vacations

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