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- DescriptionWhat happens when your once-dignified profession longer supports a dignified lifestyle? In 1990s St. Petersburg, teachers had to find out the hard way. Although the institutions and ideologies of Soviet life situated them as cultured consumers, contemporary processes of marketization and privatization left them unable to attain what they w considered to be respectable material standards of living. In this fascinating new ethgraphic study, Patico examines the various ways in which teachers have adjusted their activities and interactions as consumers, demonstrating how this has led to dramatic shifts in their assessments of their own lives and of the society around them. Consumption and Social Change in a Post-Soviet Middle Class presents a much-needed look at the lives of ordinary people in Russia today, in the process contributing both to postsocialist studies of social change and to broader anthropological theorizations of consumption and value.
- Author BiographyJennifer Patico is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Georgia State University. She was a short-term scholar affiliated with the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2001 and 2004.
- Author(s)Jennifer Patico
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication23/07/2008
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
- Weight431 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine407 mm
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