An Archaeology of Socialism
By (author) Victor Buchli
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Archaeology of Socialism by Victor Buchli
Book DescriptionThis highly original case study, which adopts a material culture perspective, is unprecedented in social and cultural histories of the Soviet period and provides a unique window on social relations. The author demonstrates how Moisei Ginzburg's Constructivist masterpiece, the Narkomfin Communal House, employed classic Marxist understandings of material culture in an effort to overturn capitalist and patriarchal social structures. Through the edifying effects of architectural forms, Ginzburg attempted to induce socialist and feminist-inspired social and gender relations. The author shows how, for the inhabitants, these principles manifested themselves, from taste to hygiene to gender roles, and how individuals variously appropriated architectural space and material culture to cope with the conditions of daily life, from the utopianism of the First Five Year Plan and Stalin's purges to the collapse of the Soviet Union.This book makes a major contribution to: the history of socialism in the Soviet Union and, more generally, Eastern Europe; material culture studies; architectural history; archaeology and social anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859732120
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Victor Buchli
Anthropology of Architecture, Paperback (September 2013)
An Anthropology of Architecture is the first book for students on this topic. Covering both history and theory, it examines architecture as material culture, exploring its role in forming and defining social relations, identity and personhood.
Urban Life in Post-Soviet Asia, Paperback (March 2012)
Capturing a unique historical moment, this text examines the changes in urban life since the collapse of the Soviet Union from an ethnographic perspective, thus addressing significant gaps in the literature on cities, Central Asia and post-socialism.
Material Culture Reader, Hardback (November 2002)» View all books by Victor Buchli
This reader brings together seminal articles that have helped shape the anthropological study of material culture. It looks at topics ranging from the anthropology of art to architecture, landscape studies, archaeology, consumption studies and Heritage management.
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Author Biography - Victor Buchli
Victor Buchli Lecturer,Department of Anthropology, University College London
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