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Introduction

Lynne Attwood

in Gender and Housing in Soviet Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081453
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701768 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719081453.003.0001
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This book discusses how the original plans for a socialist form of housing were distorted, sometimes almost beyond recognition, by ideological confusion, financial constraints, corruption, ineptness, the banality of daily life and by tacit obstruction on the part of citizens. It also considers how the peculiarities of Soviet housing could be said to have led to a distinctly Soviet understanding of the home and of ‘private life’. It then explores the interaction between the Soviet housing programme and gender relations. The relationship between public and private space is significant for this book. In addition, the link between housing and daily life throughout the entire span of Soviet history is considered. It elaborates the ways in which official ideas on housing and daily life were propagandised through the print media. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in this book is given.

Keywords: Soviet housing; housing programme; gender relations; daily life; public space; private space; print media

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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