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Cultures in Flux : Lower-Class Values, Practices, and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia - Stephen Frank

Cultures in Flux

Lower-Class Values, Practices, and Resistance in Late Imperial Russia

By: Stephen Frank (Editor), Mark D. Steinberg (Editor)

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Published: 25th July 1994
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The popular culture of urban and rural tsarist Russia revealed a dynamic and troubled world. Stephen Frank and Mark Steinberg have gathered here a diverse collection of essays by Western and Russian scholars who question conventional interpretations and recall neglected stories about popular behavior, politics, and culture. What emerges is a new picture of lower-class life, in which traditions and innovations intermingled and social boundaries and identities were battered and reconstructed.

The authors vividly convey the vitality as well as the contradictions of social life in old regime Russia, while also confronting problems of interpretation, methodology, and cultural theory. They tell of peasant death rites and religious beliefs, family relationships and brutalities, defiant peasant women, folk songs, urban amusement parks, expressions of popular patriotism, the penny press, workers' notions of the self, street hooliganism, and attempts by educated Russians to transform popular festivities. Together, the authors portray popular culture not as a static, separate world, but as the dynamic means through which lower-class Russians engaged the world around them.

In addition to the editors, the contributors to this volume are Daniel R. Brower, Barbara Alpern Engel, Hubertus F. Jahn, Al'bin M. Konechnyi, Boris N. Mironov, Joan Neuberger, Robert A. Rothstein, and Christine D. Worobec.

Contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Death Ritual among Russian and Ukrainian Peasants: Linkages between the Living and the Deadp. 11
Women, Men, and the Languages of Peasant Resistance 1870-1907p. 34
Peasant Popular Culture and the Origins of Soviet Authoritarianismp. 54
Confronting the Domestic Other: Rural Popular Culture and Its Enemies in Fin-de-Si`ecle Russiap. 74
Death of the Folk Song?p. 108
Shows for the People Public Amuseument Parks in Nineteenth-Century St. Petersburgp. 121
For Tsar and Fatherland? Russian Popular Culture and the First World Warp. 131
The Penny Press and Its Readersp. 147
Worker-Authors and the Cuit of the Personp. 168
Culture Besieged: Hooliganism and Futurismp. 185
Select Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9780691001067
ISBN-10: 0691001065
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 25th July 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.6  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.33