What is Soviet Now?: Identities, Legacies, Memories

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Thomas Lahusen, Peter H. Solomon
LIT Verlag Münster, 2008 - History - 324 pages
Economists and political scientists wrestle with the challenges faced by Russian officials and public alike in adapting to a market economy and democracy, including the fragility of property rights and elections still rooted in old institutional structures. This book examines the reforms of health and welfare, and the hierarchy of privilege and access, and consider how Putin's statist approach to mythmaking compares to that of previous Soviet and post-Soviet regimes. Historians and anthropologists explore the issue of nostalgia, gender, punishment, belief, and how history itself is being created and perceived today. The book concludes with a journey through the ruined landscape of real socialism.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Markets and Facades
13
Some Thoughts on the Political Economy of PostSoviet Russia
15
The Persistence of Soviet Socialism in Russia Today
26
PostSoviet Bureaucrats and the Production of Institutional Facades
40
Informal Networks in Postcommunist Economies A Topographical Map
57
The Development of Patrimonial Rationality
78
History Inside Out
91
Dispensing Welfare and Punishment
171
Nostalgia for Soviet Innocence in the Polemics of Dilia Enikeeva
173
Rights Privileges and Responsibilities in Russian Welfare State Reform since Gorbachev
192
The Legacy of Soviet Tuberculosis Control Programs in PostSoviet Russia
214
Space and Gender in PostSoviet Geography of Punishment
234
Landscape after the Future
255
Pioneers Cosmonauts and Other Soviet Heroes Born Today
257
An Excavation of the PostSoviet City of Nizhni Novgorod
277

Boris Mironovs A Social History of Imperial Russia 17001917 and its Reception in Russia
93
From a Prominent Biologist to a Red Frankenstein llya Ivanov in Soviet and PostSoviet Biographies
120
Whos Afraid of Joseph Stalin?
133
Whither AntiStalinism?
153
Decay or Endurance? The Ruins of Socialism
307
Contributors
321
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Page 27 - State interference in social relations becomes, in one domain after another, superfluous, and then dies out of itself ; the government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production. The State is not 'abolished.
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