In the Soviet House of Culture A Century of Perestroikas

ISBN-10: 0691044325

ISBN-13: 9780691044323

Edition: 1996

Authors: Bruce Grant

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At the outset of the twentieth century, the Nivkhi of Sakhalin Island were a small population of fishermen under Russian dominion and an Asian cultural sway. The turbulence of the decades that followed would transform them dramatically. While Russian missionaries hounded them for their pagan ways, Lenin praised them; while Stalin routed them in purges, Khrushchev gave them respite; and while Brezhnev organized complex resettlement campaigns, Gorbachev pronounced that they were free to resume a traditional life. But what is tradition after seven decades of building a Soviet world? Based on years of research in the former Soviet Union, Bruce Grant's book draws upon Nivkh interviews, newly opened archives, and rarely translated Soviet ethnographic texts to examine the effects of this remarkable state venture in the construction of identity. With a keen sensitivity, Grant explores the often paradoxical participation by Nivkhi in these shifting waves of Sovietization and poses questions about how cultural identity is constituted and reconstituted, restructured and dismantled. Part chronicle of modernization, part saga of memory and forgetting,In the Soviet House of Cultureis an interpretive ethnography of one people's attempts to recapture the past as they look toward the future. This is a book that will appeal to anthropologists and historians alike, as well as to anyone who is interested in the people and politics of the former Soviet Union.
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10/22/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration and Terminology
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Rybnoe Reconstructed
Nivkhi before the Soviets
1920s and the New Order
The Stalinist Period
1960s Resettlements and the Time of Stagnation
Perestroika Revisited: On Dissolution and Disillusion
Conclusions: The Subjects Presumed to Know
"A Recently Discovered Case of Group Marriage"
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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