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The attrition of dogma in the legal press under Brezhnev : Literaturnaya gazeta (Second Section), 1967-1971

Détraz, Marie-Pierre (1992)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The purpose of this thesis is to establish the contribution of the Soviet weekly, Literaturnaya gazeta, to the debunking of official dogmas during the Brezhnev years. Launched in 1967, the second section of Literaturnaya gazeta has frequently been dismissed as a mere safety valve, highly controlled by the authorities, to placate the educated middle classes demoralized by the conservative backlash. It is argued in this study that, although the paper accepted the political parameters of the post-Thaw conservative leadership, as evinced, in particular, by the extreme limitations of the economic debates and the absence of any material investigating the country’s Stalinist past, it nevertheless succeeded in promoting values which ran counter to the official ideology. The paper reflected the demoralization of Soviet society and its inability to change within the existing structures. Soviet society emerged as being morally corrupt, riddled with individualism, suspicion and petty authoritarianism. Individuals were shown at the mercy of faceless bureaucracies and overpowered by a judiciary system dominated by the state procuracy. The paper actively promoted a more individual-centred type of society by overtly challenging the collectivist ethos, campaigning for the recognition of consumer rights and arguing the case for a fairer judiciary system.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Lampert, Nicholas
School/Faculty:Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Commerce and Social Sciences
Department:Centre for Russian and East European Studies
Keywords:Soviet Union; Russia; Brezhnev; Media; Journalism; Press; Literaturnaya Gazeta; Collectivism; Individualism; Civil Society; Materialism; Corruption; Bureaucracy; Consumer rights; Criminology; Legal System
Subjects:DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
PN Literature (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Library Catalogue:Check for printed version of this thesis
ID Code:234
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