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Masculinity, Violence and Power in Modern Russia Men, Guns and Identity

edited by: David Gillespie
published by
: Routledge
pp: 256
ISBN: 978-0-415-67064-7
price: Hardback: $150.00

This book explores the phenomenon of violence in Russian culture, showing how violence has been a legitimate articulation of masculinity in Russia, and how popular attitudes towards violence have differed from those in the west, with Russians often approving of violence and of macho, militaristic political leadership. The book examines the nature of violence and masculinity in film, literary fiction and popular television series, and discusses the repercussions of this culture of violence for cultural symbolism, political decision-making, nation-building and international relations. It shows how Putin’s continuing popularity is linked to his projection of himself as a macho leader, and how some media is subversive of these popular and state attitudes, portraying "real men" who turn out to be weak and hollow, as is the ideology underpinning them.

 

Table of contents

Introduction: The problem of violence in culture

1. Men of Violence in Soviet Culture

2. The Beginning of the End: the Violence of Glasnost

3. The Killer Prose of Vladimir Sorokin

4. Alexei Balabanov: Murder and the Gaze

5. Women’s Works:Real and Unreal Men

6. The Goodfellas of Post-Soviet Russian TV

7. Conclusion

Author Bio

David Gillespie is Professor of Russian at the University of Bath, UK.


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