Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow (Paperback)

By Olga Shevchenko

Indiana University Press, 9780253220288, 241pp.

Publication Date: December 17, 2008

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In this ethnography of postsocialist Moscow in the late 1990s, Olga Shevchenko draws on interviews with a cross-section of Muscovites to describe how people made sense of the acute uncertainties of everyday life, and the new identities and competencies that emerged in response to these challenges. Ranging from consumption to daily rhetoric, and from urban geography to health care, this study illuminates the relationship between crisis and normality and adds a new dimension to the debates about postsocialist culture and politics.

About the Author

Olga Shevchenko is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Williams College.