Modernism and the making of the Soviet New Man

By Tijana Vujosevic

Modernism and the making of the Soviet New Man


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1488-4
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: November 2018
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Russia, Cultural studies, Architecture, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-), ARCHITECTURE / General, The arts / Architecture, Landscape Art & Architecture, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: men, The arts / History of architecture


The creation of Soviet culture in the 1920s and the 1930s was the most radical of modernist projects, both in aesthetic and in political terms. Modernism and the Making of the New Man explores the architecture of this period as the nexus between aesthetics and politics. The design of the material environment, according to the author, was the social effort that most clearly articulated the dynamic of the socialist project as a negotiation between utopia and reality, the will for progress and the will for tyranny. It was a comprehensive effort that brought together professional architects and statisticians, theatre directors, managers, housewives, pilots, construction workers. What they had in common was the enthusiasm for defining the "new man", the ideal citizen of the radiant future, and the settings in which he or she lives.


Tijana Vujosevic is Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia


Part I: The will of the universe
Part II: Class unconsciousness
Part III: A home for a very industrious individual
Part IV: The world in the bathhouse, the bathhouse in the world
Part V: Stalin and the housewife
Part VI: Golden calf, golden tooth

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