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Sincerity After Communism: A Cultural History

Ellen Rutten


This book presents the compelling study of “new sincerity” as a powerful cultural practice, born in perestroika-era Russia, and how it interconnects with global social and media flows. The global cultural practice of a “new sincerity” in literature, media, art, design, fashion, film, and architecture grew steadily in the wake of the Soviet collapse. This book traces the rise and proliferation of a new rhetoric of sincere social expression characterized by complex blends of unabashed honesty, playfulness, and irony. This study of a sweeping cultural trend with roots in late Soviet Russia addres ... More

Keywords: new sincerity, perestroika, Russia, Soviet collapse, social expression, selfhood, social philosophy, cultural memory, commodification, mediatization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300213980
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300213980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ellen Rutten, author
University of Amsterdam