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Anguish, anger, and folkways in Soviet Russia, Gábor Rittersporn

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Anguish, anger, and folkways in Soviet Russia
Title
Anguish, anger, and folkways in Soviet Russia
Statement of responsibility
Gábor Rittersporn
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Language
eng
Summary
"Anguish, Anger, and Folkways in Soviet Russia offers original perspectives on the politics of everyday life in the Soviet Union by closely examining the coping mechanisms individuals and leaders alike developed as they grappled with the political, social, and intellectual challenges the system presented before and after World War II. As Gábor T. Rittersporn shows, the 'little tactics' people employed in their daily lives not only helped them endure the rigors of life during the Stalin and post-Stalin periods but also strongly influenced the system's development into the Gorbachev and post-Soviet eras. For Rittersporn, citizens' conscious and unreflected actions at all levels of society defined a distinct Soviet universe. Terror, faith, disillusionment, evasion, folk customs, revolt, and confusion about regime goals and the individual's relation to them were all integral to the development of that universe and the culture it engendered. Through a meticulous reading of primary documents and materials uncovered in numerous archives located in Russia and Germany, Rittersporn identifies three related responses--anguish, anger, and folkways--to the pressures people in all walks of life encountered, and shows how these responses in turn altered the way the system operated. Rittersporn finds that the leadership generated widespread anguish by its inability to understand and correct the reasons for the system's persistent political and economic dysfunctions. Rather than locate the sources of these problems in their own presuppositions and administrative methods, leaders attributed them to omnipresent conspiracy and wrecking, which they tried to extirpate through terror. He shows how the unrelenting pursuit of enemies exacerbated systemic failures and contributed to administrative breakdowns and social dissatisfaction. Anger resulted as the populace reacted to the notable gap between the promise of a self-governing egalitarian society and the actual experience of daily existence under the heavy hand of the party-state. Those who had interiorized systemic values demanded a return to what they took for the original Bolshevik project, while others sought an outlet for their frustrations in destructive or self-destructive behavior. In reaction to the system's pressure, citizens instinctively developed strategies of noncompliance and accommodation. A detailed examination of these folkways enables Rittersporn to identify and describe the mechanisms and spaces intuitively created by officials and ordinary citizens to evade the regime's dictates or to find a modus vivendi with them. Citizens and officials alike employed folkways to facilitate work, avoid tasks, advance careers, augment their incomes, display loyalty, enjoy life's pleasures, and simply to survive. Through his research, Rittersporn uncovers a fascinating world consisting of peasant stratagems and subterfuges, underground financial institutions, falsified Supreme Court documents, and associations devoted to peculiar sexual practices. As Rittersporn shows, popular and elite responses and tactics deepened the regime's ineffectiveness and set its modernization project off down unintended paths. Trapped in a web of behavioral patterns and social representations that eluded the understanding of both conservatives and reformers, the Soviet system entered a cycle of self-defeat where leaders and led exercised less and less control over the course of events. In the end, a new system emerged that neither the establishment nor the rest of society could foresee"--
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1948-
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Rittersporn, Gábor Tamás
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Popular culture
  • Social norms
  • Anger
  • Distress (Psychology)
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Anger
  • Manners and customs
  • Popular culture
  • Social conditions
  • Social norms
  • Soviet Union
  • Gesellschaft
  • Alltag
  • Sowjetunion
Label
Anguish, anger, and folkways in Soviet Russia, Gábor Rittersporn
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Publication
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A Conservative Agenda -- Part One. Anguish -- The Omnipresent Conspiracy : Imageries of Politics and Social Relations in the 1930s -- Catching Spies, Trapping the System -- Between the Catastrophe and the Promised Land : Public Mood, Popular Hopes, Elite Fears, and Mass Terror -- Part Two. Anger -- From Revolution to Daily Routine : Endemic Violence, Suspicious Youth, Angry Bolsheviks -- Citizens between Indignation and Resignation : Loyalty and Lost Hope -- Rebels -- Part Three. Folkways -- Breaking Step, Enjoying Carnival : Unorthodox Folklore -- Exploring Frontiers : Entrepreneurship, Continuities, and Changes -- Virtuous Girls Building a Sinful World : Misadventures of Modernity, Limits of the Thinkable, and the Politics of Folkways -- Epilogue: Dilemmas of History
Control code
ocn892039527
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822980254
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
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22573/ctt8fz907
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not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892039527
Label
Anguish, anger, and folkways in Soviet Russia, Gábor Rittersporn
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: A Conservative Agenda -- Part One. Anguish -- The Omnipresent Conspiracy : Imageries of Politics and Social Relations in the 1930s -- Catching Spies, Trapping the System -- Between the Catastrophe and the Promised Land : Public Mood, Popular Hopes, Elite Fears, and Mass Terror -- Part Two. Anger -- From Revolution to Daily Routine : Endemic Violence, Suspicious Youth, Angry Bolsheviks -- Citizens between Indignation and Resignation : Loyalty and Lost Hope -- Rebels -- Part Three. Folkways -- Breaking Step, Enjoying Carnival : Unorthodox Folklore -- Exploring Frontiers : Entrepreneurship, Continuities, and Changes -- Virtuous Girls Building a Sinful World : Misadventures of Modernity, Limits of the Thinkable, and the Politics of Folkways -- Epilogue: Dilemmas of History
Control code
ocn892039527
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780822980254
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt8fz907
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892039527

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