Soviet Civilization and Its Emotional Discontents

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This study is based on the premise that Soviet civilization represented a concerted effort to harness emotions to an ideological cause, to reshape human affect according to the Communist Party's political agenda. Even though these efforts largely failed, they left deep scars on the Russian psyche. The emotional culture that evolved during some 75 years of Soviet rule continues to persist after the coercive institutions supporting it have broken down, and this inertia greatly complicates the transition to a democratic society in Russia.


Politics and Social Change | Regional Sociology | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture | Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies


This is a revised and extended version of the paper presented at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.


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Dmitri N. Shalin, (1996) "SOVIET CIVILIZATION AND ITS EMOTIONAL DISCONTENTS", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 16 Iss: 9/10, pp.21 - 52