Communes, hostels and barracks

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:
Communes, hostels and barracks

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This chapter examines the various forms of communal housing which existed in Soviet cities in the 1920s, looking both at how they were portrayed in the literature and how they were actually experienced. It specifically addresses house communes, hostels and barracks. The house commune, or dom-kommuna, would be the ultimate in communal living, and according to its supporters it would one day be the only form of housing in the Soviet Union. A commitment to women's equality was supposedly a universal feature. Rabotnitsa still portrayed the communal kitchen as a female domain despite its insistence that the house commune was the path to women's liberation. Hostels and barracks were hardly a model of communal life. Barracks were universally acknowledged to be a temporary phenomenon, which would be replaced as soon as possible with new forms of housing.

Keywords: communal housing; Soviet cities; house communes; hostels; barracks; Soviet Union; Rabotnitsa

Chapter.  4598 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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