Politics in Color and Concrete

Politics in Color and Concrete

Socialist Materialities and the Middle Class in Hungary

Book - 2013
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Material culture in Eastern Europe under state socialism is remembered as uniformly gray, shabby, and monotonous--the worst of postwar modernist architecture and design. Politics in Color and Concrete revisits this history by exploring domestic space in Hungary from the 1950s through the 1990s and reconstructs the multi-textured and politicized aesthetics of daily life through the objects, spaces, and colors that made up this lived environment. Krisztina Féherváry shows that contemporary standards of living and ideas about normalcy have roots in late socialist consumer culture and are not merely products of postsocialist transitions or neoliberalism. This engaging study decenters conventional perspectives on consumer capitalism, home ownership, and citizenship in the new Europe.

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780253009913
025300991X
9780253009944
0253009944
Branch Call Number: HN420.5.A8 F44 2013
Characteristics: xv, 288 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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