Soviet Sociopolitical Mobilizations

  • Olga Velikanova


Describing various forms of participation and their motivations, I argue that even against a backdrop of reported mass passivity, absenteeism, and control of the public sphere, with its ritualized speeches and enthusiasm, there was a certain body of autonomous expression during the campaign. Despite forced, involuntary participation, numerous nonconformist statements at the heavily controlled meetings condemned shortages and kolkhozes. The large corpus of individual reactions (such as diaries and letters), plus the facts of spontaneous gatherings of citizens to discuss the constitution—all demonstrated voluntary political engagement.


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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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