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Public And Private Life Of The Soviet People: Changing Values In Post-Stalin Russia
Public And Private Life Of The Soviet People: Changing Values In Post-Stalin Russia
By Vladimir Shlapentokh
Oxford, 1989, 281 pp.

A sociologist's study loaded with citations and statistics may be of interest primarily to other sociologists, but this survey of Soviet society from the end of Stalin's era to the beginning of Gorbachev's has special significance in documenting the shift in attitudes toward privatization and consumerism that underlies much of what is happening today. One interesting point is that in foreign policy and defense, in contrast to domestic matters, there has been very little change in the people's acceptance of the official line, whatever it may be at any given time. The author, who worked in the Soviet academic establishment until he emigrated in 1979, is thoroughly acquainted with the voluminous Soviet material, especially polling results, on which this work is based.