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Global Modernities is a sustained commentary on the international character of the most microcosmic practices. It demonstrates how the global increasingly informs the regional, so deconstructing ideas like the `nation-state' and `national sovereignty'. The spatialization of social theory, hybridization and bio-politics are among the critical issues discussed.
Chapter 12: The Soviet Individual: Genealogy of a Dissimulating Animal
The Soviet Individual: Genealogy of a Dissimulating Animal
In one of the most insightful essays written on Russia over the last twenty years, Ken Jowitt (1992: 80) has suggested that dissimulation, rather than legitimation, is the concept which accounts for the way public and private are tied together in what he calls Leninist regimes. For Jowitt, dissimulation is a central feature of a ‘ghetto political culture’ in which people retract from an official sphere which means only trouble to them. Instead they try to get as much ‘free time and easy life’ as possible outside of politics. Dissimulation, then, becomes a model behavioural posture in Leninist regimes, with the help of which one ‘minimizes [the] regime's interference in ...