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The Things of Life: Materiality in Late Soviet Russia

Alexey Golubev


This book is a social and cultural history of material objects and spaces during the late socialist era. It traces the biographies of Soviet things, examining how the material world of the late Soviet period influenced Soviet people's gender roles, habitual choices, social trajectories, and imaginary aspirations. Instead of seeing political structures and discursive frameworks as the only mechanisms for shaping Soviet citizens, the book explores how Soviet people used objects and spaces to substantiate their individual and collective selves. In doing so, the author rediscovers what helped Sovi ... More

Keywords: material objects, late socialist era, Soviet citizens, spaces, Communist regime, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501752889
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501752889.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexey Golubev, author
University of Houston