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Sincerity After CommunismA Cultural History$
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Ellen Rutten

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300213980

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300213980.001.0001

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Conclusion: Sincerity Dreams

Conclusion: Sincerity Dreams

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(p.195) Conclusion: Sincerity Dreams
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Sincerity After Communism
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Ellen Rutten

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300213980.003.0006

This conclusion reflects on today's dreams of renewing or revitalizing sincerity and rejects the notion that they are outdated or do not deserve any of our attention. It cites the work of several scholars to show that sincerity is anything but obsolete in twenty-first-century popular culture. Indeed, today's strivings to renew sincerity have not been neglected by scholars such as R. Jay Magill Jr., Epstein, and Yurchak. The rhetoric on new sincerity has been addressed in thoughtful analyses of contemporary culture that have helped the author in crafting a comprehensive and geographically inclusive analysis of present-day sincerity rhetoric. In post-Communist Russia, debates on a shift to late or post-postmodern cultural paradigms are thriving with at least as much fervor as—and possibly more than—in Western Europe or the United States. This conclusion discusses the newly gained insights which the author's sincerity study offers.

Keywords:   sincerity, popular culture, R. Jay Magill Jr., new sincerity, sincerity rhetoric, Russia, Western Europe

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