Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow

Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow

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In this ethnography of postsocialist Moscow in the late 1990s, Olga Shevchenko draws on interviews with a cross-section of Muscovites to describe how people made sense of the acute uncertainties of everyday life, and the new identities and competencies that emerged in response to these challenges. Ranging from consumption to daily rhetoric, and from urban geography to health care, this study illuminates the relationship between crisis and normality and adds a new dimension to the debates about postsocialist culture and politics.Say, after I graduated from the institute, a while ago, I used to do car repairs. ... as demonstrated by numerous examples above, references to luck served to integrate discrepant evidence into the overall belief in a nationwide crisis.

Title:Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow
Author:Olga Shevchenko
Publisher:Indiana University Press - 2008-12-17


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