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The Socialist Good Life - Desire Development and Standards of Living in Eastern Europe - cover

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

Cristofer Scarboro, Diana Mincyte, Zsuzsu Gille

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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“First-class, rigorously researched, richly documented, and thought-provoking” essays on the consumer experience in socialist Eastern Europe (Graham H. Roberts, author of Material Culture in Russia and the USSR). 
 
As communist regimes denigrated Western countries for widespread unemployment and consumer excess, 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.
Available since: 06/02/2020.
Print length: 256 pages.

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