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The Socialist Good Life : Desire, Development, and Standards of Living in Eastern Europe

By: Gille, Zsuzsa(Edited by) Mincyte, Diana(Edited by) Scarboro, Cristofer(Edited by)

0253047765 / 9780253047762
Hardback
306.30947090
02/06/2020
Published 02/06/2020
United States
152 x 229 mm, 553 grams 256 pages, 1 Tables, black and white; 7 Illustrations, black and white
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What does the good life mean in a "backward" place?

As communist regimes denigrated widespread unemployment and consumer excess in Western countries, socialist Eastern European states simultaneously legitimized their power through their apparent ability to satisfy consumers' needs.

Moving beyond binaries of production and consumption, the essays collected here examine the lessons consumption studies can offer about ethnic and national identity and the role of economic expertise in shaping consumer behavior.

From Polish VCRs to Ukrainian fashion boutiques, tropical fruits in the GDR to cinemas in Belgrade, The Socialist Good Life explores what consumption means in a worker state where communist ideology emphasizes collective needs over individual pleasures.

BIC:

GTF Development studies, HBWL Crimean War, JFH Popular beliefs & controversial knowledge, JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

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