"To our hopeless affair": a visual anthropology study about women of the Russian Intelligentsia in the post-Soviet era

Gan, Gregory (2010) "To our hopeless affair": a visual anthropology study about women of the Russian Intelligentsia in the post-Soviet era. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This Master's thesis focuses on the narratives of four Muscovite women belonging to the Russian intelligentsia, using life history, social memory and visual anthropology methods. The Russian intelligentsia was often seen as having served a contradictory position as both conformist and oppositional to the Soviet regime. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many academic publications have questioned whether the role of the intelligentsia remains politically relevant in post-Soviet Russia. Using life history techniques to probe participants' memories of various Soviet and post-Soviet eras and focusing on the period of the perestroika between 1985 and 1991, the author problematizes various binary definitions of the role of the intelligentsia, proposing to view membership as a negotiation of meanings, memories and contestations of belonging. A feature-length ethnographic film produced during the period of fieldwork in Moscow and based on participants' memories is appended to the thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/1686
Item ID: 1686
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 263-273). In addition to the mp4 of the film, the original VOB files are available.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Anthropology
Date: 2010
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Russia (Federation; Soviet Union)
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Cold War--Personal narratives; Women intellectuals--Russia (Federation); Women intellectuals--Soviet Union;
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