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Начало и конец советского проекта культурного фундаментализма

Социологическое обозрение. 2019. Т. 18. № 4. С. 164-185.
Хестанов Р. З., Сувалко А. С.

The article focuses on one of the most mysterious and intriguing stories of the Soviet civilization, connected with the original ideas of the Bolsheviks, and then the Soviet nomenclature of culture. Chronologically, our research covers the first years of the formation of Soviet state institutions, the so-called Leninist and then Stalinist periods of leadership, and ends with a period that is often called "The Thaw". In order to grasp the conceptual and doctrinal motifs for building Soviet cultural and state institutions, we used the verbatim records of the party congresses as our main source of information. Our main task was to clarify why culture was central and strategic to the early Soviet leaders. We will show how culture gave political doctrine its conceptual integrity, linking perceptions of state, leadership and governance, communism and labour. The analysis of our sources testifies to the existence of a quite definite trajectory of cultural policy: 1) the birth of the Bolshevik cultural project, 2) its materialization in the institutions of the Soviet statehood and, finally, 3) the normalization of the created state structures and 4) the marginalization of the cultural issue. We introduced the concept of "cultural fundamentalism" to emphasize the peculiarity of the Bolshevik cultural project, in which radical anti-etatism was expressed, which implied compensation by the culture of the abolished statehood. The internal logic of the development of the cultural project led, however, to a paradoxical result - the creation of a total social state.