9780415687546

Soviet Consumer Culture in the Brezhnev Era

  • ISBN 13:

    9780415687546

  • ISBN 10:

    0415687543

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 06/26/2013
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

This book tells the story of the late Soviet consumer revolution. It analyses the politics and economics of the state'¬"s efforts to improve living standards, and shows how mass consumption was often used as an instrument of legitimacy, ideology and modernisation. It also discusses however how rising prosperity altered citizens'¬" relationship with the state, and how, although the image of Soviet consumers endlessly queuing for inferior products is much overstated, people'¬"s engagement with consumer modernity had profound consequences for the communist project.

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