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Practicing the Good : Desire and Boredom in Soviet Socialism

By: Chukrov, Keti

Part of the e-flux series
1517909600 / 9781517909604
Published 12/05/2020
United States
140 x 216 mm 304 pages, 10
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A philosophical consideration of Soviet Socialism that reveals the hidden desire for capitalism in contemporary anticapitalist discourse and theory This book, a philosophical consideration of Soviet socialism, is not meant simply to revisit the communist past; its aim, rather, is to witness certain zones where capitalism's domination is resisted-the zones of countercapitalist critique, civil society agencies, and theoretical provisions of emancipation or progress-and to inquire to what extent those zones are in fact permeated by unconscious capitalism and thus unwittingly affirm the capitalist condition. By means of the philosophical and politico-economical consideration of Soviet socialism of the 1960 and 1970s, this book manages to reveal the hidden desire for capitalism in contemporaneous anticapitalist discourse and theory.

The research is marked by a broad cross-disciplinary approach based on political economy, philosophy, art theory, and cultural theory that redefines old Cold War and Slavic studies' views of the post-Stalinist years, as well as challenges the interpretations of this period of historical socialism in Western Marxist thought.


1DVUA Russia, 3JJ 20th century, ACX History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -, HPS Social & political philosophy, JPFF Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies

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