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PlutopiaНовая книга Кейт Браун о Чернобыле: Kate Brown. Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2013). While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union. In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia – the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias – communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia – they lived in temporary “staging grounds” and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants’ segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment – equaling four Chernobyls – laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighborsof the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants’ radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today. An untold and profoundly important piece of Cold War history, Plutopia invites readers to consider the nuclear footprint left by the arms race and the enormous price of paying for it.

Новый номер журнала “Лабиринт”, посвященный теме “Знаки советскости/коммунизма в городской среде”, доступен по ссылке.

Digital Russia: The Language, Culture and Politics of New Media Communication. Edited by Michael GorhamIngunn LundeMartin Paulsen

(London, New York: Routledge,2014). “Digital Russia” provides a comprehensive analysis of the ways in which new media technologies have shaped language and communication in contemporary Russia. It traces the development of the Russian-language internet, explores the evolution of web-based communication practices, showing how they have both shaped and been shaped by social, political, linguistic and literary realities, and examines online features and trends that are characteristic of, and in some cases specific to, the Russian-language internet. More information is available here.

Опубликован очередной номер журнала Ab Imperio “Эмансипация исследователя через децентрализацию нормативной модели” (№4, 2013). Материалы доступны на сайте журнала, а также в системе MUSE Project. Страница журнала на Фейсбуке.

na-pereputjeНа перепутье: методология, теория и практика ЛГБТ и квир-исследований: сборник статей / ред.-сост. А. А. Кондаков. (СПб.: Центр независимых социологических исследований, 2014). Данная книга — результат одноименной конференции, состоявшейся в Санкт-Петербурге в октябре 2013 года. В статьях сборника представлены выводы эмпирических и теоретических исследований сексуальности, выполненных специалистами разных дисциплин и при помощи широкого спектра подходов. Социологические, политологические, психологические, филологические, лингвистические, культурологические, юридические работы делают равноценный вклад в общий архив знаний о сексуальности в России и иных контекстах. Книга предназначена для научных сотрудников и преподавателей вузов, интересующихся гендерными исследованиями и исследованиями сексуальности. Книгу можно скачать по ссылке.

Вышел очередной номер Журнала исследований социальной политики (№1, 2014), в котором мы начинаем публиковаться на русском и английском. Отныне часть статей будет выходить на английском в печатной версии, а на сайте – на двух языках.Подробнее познакомиться с номером можно на сайте журнала. Страница издания на Фейсбуке.

Новая кніга «Літоўская знаць у канцы XIV — пачатку XV стагоддзя» Рымвідаса Пятраўскаса (ARCHE, 2014). Гэтая праца — спроба сінтэзу персанальнай і сацыяльнай гісторыі Вялікага Княства Літоўскага. З аднаго боку, аўтар імкнецца вызначыць паходжанне літоўскай знаці і паказаць яе генеалагічнае развіццё, а з іншага боку спрабуе раскрыць структурны пералом унутры згаданай знаці, які адбыўся ў XV ст. Падрабязней па спасылцы.

Опубликован новый выпуск Aspasia – ежегодника, посвященного женской/гендерной истории Восточной и Центральной Европы. This issue features a special theme section titled Gendering the Cold War. The General Articles section includes three articles that discuss women’s engagement in charity, philanthropy, and social reform movements in Carniola, the history of family violence in Soviet Russia and an extensive body of publications on women’s and gender history in the pre-1945 period in Hungary under state socialism. The following sections, The Source and Forum, brings us back to the theme of Gender and the Cold War. The issue concludes with a book review essay, eleven book reviews, and a conference report. Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal.

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