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Title Reconstructing the house of culture : community, self, and the makings of culture in Russia and beyond / edited by Brian Donahoe and Joachim Otto Habeck
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 336 pages) : illustrations
Contents From collective enthusiasm to individual self-realization: history of and experience in the house of culture, Anadyr' (Chukotka) / Virginie Vaté, Galina Diatchkova -- "Thank you for being": neighborhood, ethno-culture, and social recognition in the house of culture / Joachim Otto Habeck -- Pokazukha in the house of culture: the pattern of behavior in Kurumkan, Eastern Buriatiia / István Sántha, Tatiana Safonova -- Three houses of culture in Kosh-Agach: accounting for culture work in a changing political setting / Agnieszka Halemba -- In the face of adversity: Shagonar's culture workers bear the torch of culture / Brian Donahoe -- Constellations of culture work in present-day Siberia / Joachim Otto Habeck, Brian Donahoe, Siegfried Gruber -- The emergence of Soviet houses of culture in Kyrgyzstan / Ali F. İğmen -- Palana's house of Koryak culture / Alexander D. King -- Transformations of the house of culture in civil society: a case study of rural women's culture projects in Latvia / Aivita Putnin̦a -- Heritage house guarding as sustainable development: community arts and architectures within a world cultural Net(work) / Nadezhda D. Savova -- Epilogue. Recognizing Soviet culture / Bruce Grant
Summary "Notions of culture, rituals and their meanings, the workings of ideology in everyday life, public representations of tradition and ethnicity, and the social consequences of economic transition-- these are critical issues in the social anthropology of Russia and other postsocialist countries. Engaged in the negotiation of all these is the House of Culture, which was the key institution for cultural activities and implementation of state cultural policies in all socialist states. The House of Culture was officially responsible for cultural enlightenment, moral edification, and personal cultivation-- in short, for implementing the socialist state's program of 'bringing culture to the masses.' Surprisingly, little is known about its past and present condition. This collection of ethnographically rich accounts examines the social significance and everyday performance of Houses of Culture and how they have changed in recent decades. In the years immediately following the end of the Soviet Union, they underwent a deep economic and symbolic crisis, and many closed. Recently, however, there have been signs of a revitalization of the Houses of Culture and a re-orientation of their missions and programs. The contributions to this volume investigate the changing functions and meanings of these vital institutions for the communities that they serve"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Art and anthropology -- Russia (Federation)
Art and society -- Russia (Federation)
Art centers -- Russia (Federation)
Community centers -- Russia (Federation)
Ethnology -- Russia (Federation)
Post-communism -- Russia (Federation)
Russia (Federation) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
Author Donahoe, Brian.
Habeck, Joachim Otto.
ISBN 0857452754 (alk. paper)
0857452762 (electronic bk.)
9780857452757 (alk. paper)
9780857452764 (electronic bk.)