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KATHRYN DOOLEY. ‘ENTANGLED SOVIET AND CENTRAL ASIAN DISCOURSES ON GENDER, YOUTH AND CONSUMPTION,’ 1955-1985
October 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
In the decades after World War II, Soviet Central Asia became home to a nascent consumer culture fueled by the consumption of a wide array of traditional-style goods, Soviet-produced novelties and global imports. The Soviet state’s fear of a rising tide of consumer acquisitiveness and “bourgeois” mentalities created a situation in which Central Asian tradition and ethno-cultural specificity could be reframed as potentially healthy influences, bolstering Soviet values in their struggle against excessive consumerism and dissolute youth culture. This presentation will look at discussion in the Uzbek- and Kyrgyz-language satirical press that influenced central and local discourses on gender, ethnicity and generational differences, providing a back door through which elements of Central Asian “traditionalism” could permeate the Soviet public sphere in the region.