The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia (Culture and Society after Socialism)

The Patriotism of Despair: Nation, War, and Loss in Russia (Culture and Society after Socialism)


The surprising dissolution of the Soviet Union altered the exercises, norms, celebrations, and shared understandings that had formed the lives of Russians for generations. It additionally intended an finish to the state-sponsored, nonmonetary aid that almost all citizens had lived with all their lives. How did Russians make experience of those historical alterations? Serguei Alex. Oushakine deals a compelling examine postsocialist existence in Russia.

In Barnaul, a big business urban in southwestern Siberia that has misplaced 25 percentage of its inhabitants on the grounds that 1991, many Russians are discovering that what binds them jointly is loss and depression. The Patriotism of Despair examines the aftermath of the cave in of the Soviet Union, graphically defined in spray paint by means of a graffiti artist in Barnaul: "We don't have any Motherland." as soon as socialism disappeared as a manner of figuring out the realm, what changed it in people's minds? as soon as socialism stopped orienting politics and economics, how did capitalism insinuate itself into regimen practices?

Oushakine deals a compelling examine postsocialist existence in noncosmopolitan Russia. He introduces readers to the "neocoms": those that mourn the lack of the Soviet financial system and the remonetization of transactions that had no longer concerned the trade of money throughout the Soviet period. relocating from economics into army clash and private loss, Oushakine additionally describes the ways that veterans of the Chechen struggle and moms of infantrymen who died there have hooked up their instant reports with the country's historic disruptions. the rustic, the kingdom, and traumatized participants, Oushakine reveals, are united via their vocabulary of shared pain.

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