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The Resource Stories of house and home : Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years, Christine Varga-Harris

Stories of house and home : Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years, Christine Varga-Harris

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Stories of house and home : Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years
Title
Stories of house and home
Title remainder
Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years
Statement of responsibility
Christine Varga-Harris
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Stories of House and Home is a social and cultural history of the massive construction campaign that Khrushchev instituted in 1957 to resolve the housing crisis in the Soviet Union and to provide each family its own apartment. Decent housing was deemed the key to a healthy, productive home life, which was essential to the realization of socialist collectivism. Drawing on archival materials, as well as memoirs, fiction, and the Soviet press, Christine Varga-Harris shows how the many aspects of this enormous state initiative<U+0127> �from neighborhood planning to interior design<U+0127> �sought to alleviate crowded, undignified living conditions and sculpt residents into ideal Soviet citizens. She also details how individual interests intersected with official objectives for Soviet society during the Thaw, a period characterized by both liberalization and vigilance in everyday life. Set against the backdrop of the widespread transition from communal to one-family living, Stories of House and Home explores the daily experiences and aspirations of Soviet citizens who were granted new apartments and those who continued to inhabit the old housing stock due to the chronic problems that beset the housing program. Varga-Harris analyzes the contradictions apparent in heroic advances and seemingly inexplicable delays in construction, model apartments boasting modern conveniences and decrepit dwellings, happy housewarmings and disappointing moves, and new residents and individuals requesting to exchange old apartments. She also reveals how Soviet citizens identified with the state and with the broader project of building socialism.--
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Varga-Harris, Christine
Dewey number
728.0947
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Housing
  • Apartments
  • Communism and architecture
  • Architecture, Domestic
  • Architecture and state
Label
Stories of house and home : Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years, Christine Varga-Harris
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Novostroika -- Building a Socialist home befitting the Space Age -- Foundations: revolution realized -- Interior spaces: building the Socialist person from within -- Liminal places: corridors, courtyards and reviving Socialist society -- The quest for normalcy: coming home, settling down, moving forward -- Constructing Soviet identity and reviving Socialism on the home front
Control code
FIEb17768639
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780801453076
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)909319518
Label
Stories of house and home : Soviet apartment life during the Khrushchev years, Christine Varga-Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: Novostroika -- Building a Socialist home befitting the Space Age -- Foundations: revolution realized -- Interior spaces: building the Socialist person from within -- Liminal places: corridors, courtyards and reviving Socialist society -- The quest for normalcy: coming home, settling down, moving forward -- Constructing Soviet identity and reviving Socialism on the home front
Control code
FIEb17768639
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvii, 289 pages
Isbn
9780801453076
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)909319518

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