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Consumer Culture in Socialist Russia
Consumer Culture in Socialist Russia
Olga Gurova
Introduction

Socialist consumption has become a focus of recent research in history, historical sociology and cultural studies. In this chapter I will discuss socialist consumption meaning, first and foremost, consumption in the Soviet Union and, in particular, in Russia, in the period between 1917 and 1985/1991: 1917 is the year of the Bolshevik Revolution, which led to the establishment of the Soviet Union; 1985 is the year when the restructuring (perestroika) of the economic, social and cultural system began and caused the dissolution of the Soviet Union; 1991 is the year when the dissolution of the Soviet Union was formally enacted. Many arguments regarding the Soviet Union are relevant to other socialist societies of Eastern ...

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