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Burghardt, Anja (2019): PICTURING NON-RUSSIAN ETHNICITIES IN THE JOURNALS SOVETSKOE FOTO AND SSSR NA STROIKE (1920S-1930S). In: Russian Literature, Vol. 103: pp. 209-233

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This article investigates how two journals, Sovetskoe foto and SSSR na stroike depicted non-Russian ethnicities in the 1920s and 1930s. Using the notion of participant observation as an analytical tool, it is argued that whereas in the 1920s and early 1930s some photographs in Sovetskoe foto reveal a genuine interest in other cultural traditions, by the late 1930s, Sovetskoe foto 's depiction of an apparently homogenous Soviet people left no room for variety, just as in SSSR na stroike regional and cultural differences are evened out. The paper shows how the urban centres of European Russian set standards for the peripheries.

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