Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016.
Book — 1 online resource.
Chapter 1. Ideology, Enlightenment, and Entertainment : State-Sponsored Popular Culture, 1917-1946
Chapter 2. Ideological Reconstruction in the Cultural Recreation Network, 1947-1953
Chapter 3. Ideology and Consumption : Jazz and Western Dancing in the Cultural Network, 1948-1953
Chapter 4. State-Sponsored Popular Culture in the Early Thaw, 1953-1956
Chapter 5. Youth Initiative and the
1956 Youth Club Movement
Chapter 6. The
1957 International Youth Festival and the Backlash
Chapter 7. A Reformist Revival : Grassroots Club Activities and Youth Cafes, 1958-1964
Chapter 8. Ambiguity and Backlash : State-Sponsored Popular Culture, 1965-1970.
Most narratives depict Soviet Cold War cultural activities and youth groups as drab and dreary, militant and politicized. In this study Gleb Tsipursky challenges these stereotypes in a revealing portrayal of Soviet youth and state-sponsored popular culture. The primary local venues for Soviet culture were the tens of thousands of klubs where young people found entertainment, leisure, social life, and romance. Here sports, dance, film, theater, music, lectures, and political meetings became vehicles to disseminate a socialist version of modernity. The Soviet way of life was dutifully presented and perceived as the most progressive and advanced, in an attempt to stave off Western influences. In effect, Socialist Fun became very serious business. As Tsipursky shows, however, Western culture did infiltrate these activities, particularly at local levels, where participants and organizers deceptively cloaked their offerings to appeal to their own audiences. Thus, Soviet modernity evolved as a complex and multivalent ideological device. Tsipursky provides a fresh and original examination of the Kremlin's paramount effort to shape young lives, consumption, popular culture, and to build an emotional community-all against the backdrop of Cold War struggles to win hearts and minds both at home and abroad. (source: Nielsen Book Data)