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The Biopolitics of Stalinism: Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism

The Biopolitics of Stalinism: Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism (Paperback)

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Western theories of biopolitics focus on its liberal and fascist rationalities. In opposition to this, Stalinism was oriented more towards transforming life in accordance with the communist ideal, and less towards protecting it. Sergei Prozorov reconstructs this rationality in the early Stalinist project of the Great Break (1928-32) and its subsequent modifications during High Stalinism. He then relocates the question of biopolitics down to the level of the subject, tracing the way the 'new Soviet person' was to be produced in governmental practices and the role that violence and terror would play in this construction.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentCentral governmentCentral government policiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesMarxism & CommunismHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical science & theoryPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial welfare & social services Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Publication Date: 28/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9781474410533  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sergei Prozorov is University Lecturer in World Politics and Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. He is the author of six monographs, the most recent being Ontology and World Politics: Void Universalism I and Theory of the Political Subject: Void Universalism II (both Routledge, 2013), and numerous journal articles on political philosophy and international relations.

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