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Beyond nostalgia for the Soviet past: Interpreting documentaries on Russian television
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
2017 (English)In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494, E-ISSN 1460-3551, Vol. 20, no 3, 285-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The proliferation and recycling of Soviet popular culture and history is a central ingredient of post-Soviet film and television production, leading to accusations that the Russian media is nurturing nostalgia. Nostalgia can hardly account for the manifold uses of the Soviet past in contemporary Russian television programming. Nevertheless, in the aftermath of the Crimean annexation, it became evident that nostalgia for a strong empire with a strong ruling hand' was part of Putin's symbolic politics for several years. Keeping these considerations in mind, this article investigates how nostalgia extends into the domain of television and becomes an element of symbolic politics, employing a case study of two documentaries produced during Putin's presidency to focus the analysis. This study also examines how contemporary Russian television uses footage and film clips from the socialist period and witness testimonies to dismantle' popular myths.

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2017. Vol. 20, no 3, 285-306 p.
Keyword [en]
Documentaries, narrative analysis, nostalgia, post-Soviet, Russian television
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Media and Communications
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Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32727DOI: 10.1177/1367549416682245ISI: 000401766500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019918665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-32727DiVA: diva2:1106738
Available from: 2017-06-08 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2017-06-16Bibliographically approved

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