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- DescriptionSonja Luehrmann explores the Soviet atheist effort to build a society without gods or spirits and its afterlife in post-Soviet religious revival. Combining archival research on atheist propaganda of the 1960s and 1970s with ethgraphic fieldwork in the automous republic of Marij El in Russia's Volga region, Luehrmann examines how secularist culture-building reshaped religious practice and interreligious relations. One of the most palpable legacies of atheist propaganda is a widespread didactic orientation among the population and a faith in standardized programs of personal transformation as solutions to wider social problems. This didactic trend has parallels in globalized forms of Protestantism and Islam but differs from older uses of religious kwledge in rural Russia. At a time when the secularist modernization projects of the 20th century are widely perceived to have failed, Secularism Soviet Style emphasizes the affinities and shared histories of religious and atheist mobilizations.
- Author BiographySonja Luehrmann is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University and author of Alutiiq Villages under Russian and U.S. Rule.
- Author(s)Sonja Luehrmann
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication24/11/2011
- SubjectAlternative Belief Systems
- Series TitleNew Anthropologies of Europe
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note14 b&w illus., 2 maps
- Weight431 g
- Width155 mm
- Height226 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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