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Russian Popular Culture: Entertainment and Society Since 1900

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A side of Russian life largely unknown to the West--the world of popular culture--is presented by surveying detective and science fiction, popular songs, jokes, box office movie hits, the stage, radio and television.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 19th 1992 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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Miriam
Mar 07, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
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Hmm... my notes have Soviet in the title in place of Russian; publisher's revision or Freudian slip on my part? I'm pretty sure I had a different cover, but it was a library copy and may have been rebound. Anyway.

Stites argues from an organic model of culture in which people participate in the creation of popular culture. Thus patterns in popular taste reflect attitudes to the family, foreigners, money, etc. Stites states that "Political control of culture has been a hallmark in this [20th] cent
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Paul
Nov 12, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Soviet Popular Culture, Richard Stites attempts to demonstrate that, despite the perceptions of the western world, popular culture in the Soviet Union was never a realm devoted exclusively to high culture and the promulgation of political ideology. Although at times these elements were pervasive, the people of the Soviet Union rarely failed to challenge, or at least appropriate, government-imposed culture based on their personal needs and desires. As a general trend, most attempts by the stat ...more
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Sep 14, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it
I just needed to read the introduction and first chapter for some background, but found these first 40 pages or so to be well-written, well-organized, and pitched at a good level - undergraduate, or introductory text for more extensive further research. Author interacts with other theorists, but does not allow such to bog down his text or the clarity of his style. Tantalizing examples illustrate his various types of popular entertainment; for the student hoping to delver further into a specific ...more
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