Consumption East and West History 29501/39501 Fall, 2003 Wednesdays, 1: 30-4: 30



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2. USSR and post-USSR
Fitzpatrick, Everday Stalinism, pp. 40-45, 54-58, 62-6, 95-8

Ledeneva, “Continuity and Change of Blat Practices in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia,” in Bribery and Blat in Russia, ed. Stephen Lovell, A.Ledeneva, A. Rogachevskii, 183-205



Sigrid Rausing, “Signs of the new nation: gift exchange, consumption and aid on a former collective farm in north-west Estonia,” in Daniel Miller, ed. Material cultures: Why Some Things Matter, pp.189-214.


Graduate reports
Elena Osokina, Our Daily Bread /Dodman/
Caroline Humphrey, Unmaking of Soviet Life, chs. 1, 4-6 /Julia/
Dominique Veillon, Fashion under the occupation /Heidy/
[Paul Sanders, Histoire du marché noir, 1940-1946 ]
Osokina, Za fasadom stalinskogo `izobiliia’ /Andrey/
Lovell etc. ed, Bribery, Blat and Corruption /Justine/
Lynne Taylor. Between Resistance and Collaboration: Popular Protest in Northern France, 1940–45. (Studies in Modern History.) New York: St. Martin's. 2000

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IV. USING GOODS
Section three focuses on people’s use of goods after their acquisition. Under what circumstances is the the use of goods important to the constitution of self and of groups? When and how can they be put to political use?
WEEK 8 (November 19) Identity Construction/Display—Subcultures, youth

and otherwise
Western theorists of consumerism often define the period of “mass consumption”

as the moment when people come to construct (or at least represent) their social identity through consumption as much as through production. In a mass consumer society, in other words, one’s identity is largely constituted by what own owns (rather than by what one does for a living). This week’s readings will assess this definition and its implications in socialist regimes.



Readings:
Please choose two readings from Eastern and two readings from Western Europe. (If you read the Neuburger, read the Auslander on headscarves and crucifixes)
1. USSR and Eastern Europe
Mark Edele, "Strange Young Men in Stalin's Moscow: The Birth and Life of the Stiliagi, 1945-1953," Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 50 (2002), 37-61.
Stephen Lovell, Summerfolk. A History of the Dacha, pp. 185-90
Mary Neuburger, “The Citizen Behind the Veil:National imperatives and the Re-dressing of Muslim Women,” in Reid and Crowley, eds., Style and Socialism, pp. 169-88.
Nadezhda Azhikhina and Helena Goscilo, “Getting under their Skin: The Beauty Salon in Russian Women’s Lives,” Russia. Women. Culture, ed. Helena Goscilo and Beth Holmgren, pp. 94-124.


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