The Biopolitics of Stalinism : Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism

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Prozorov , S 2016 , The Biopolitics of Stalinism : Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism . Edinburgh University Press , Edinburgh .

Title: The Biopolitics of Stalinism : Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism
Author: Prozorov, Sergei
Contributor organization: Department of Political and Economic Studies (2010-2017)
Political Science
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Date: 2016-02-28
Language: eng
Number of pages: 337
ISBN: 9781474410526
9781474410533
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299685
Abstract: Western theories of biopolitics focus on its liberal and fascist rationalities. In opposition to this, Stalinism was oriented more towards transforming life in accordance with the communist ideal, and less towards protecting it. Sergei Prozorov reconstructs this rationality in the early Stalinist project of the Great Break (1928–32) and its subsequent modifications during High Stalinism. He then relocates the question of biopolitics down to the level of the subject, tracing the way the ‘new Soviet person’ was to be produced in governmental practices and the role that violence and terror would play in this construction.
Subject: 517 Political science
biopolitics
Stalinism
revolution
socialism
terror
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: draft


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