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Sociology of the Transcendental Delirium World

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Manterys, Aleksander

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Abstract Analyzes the individual empire relationship in the USSR, treating Venedikt Yerofeyev's Moscow Pietushki as a superb instantiation of Soviet interaction rituals. The author rejects the Homo sovieticus model, the orthodox implementation of which leads to a recognition of individuals as puppets of the system. Analysis, inspired by Goffman's & Collins's findings, shows the social mechanisms that make possible the construction of a temporary world of transcendental delirium, located on the borderline of system reality. The constitution & duration of this anti-utopia system inside society reveal the relative autonomy of Soviet social actors: their conduct in this world is conditioned mainly by the availability of alcohol & the capability to play the 'parlor game.' Such analysis, which surveys the universal logic of interaction rituals, facilitates a reasonable comparison of the practices of Soviet actors with the practices of actors located on the 'friendly' peripheries of the system, & with the relevancy systems & the actions of the CEE & the Western bourgeoisie.
Classification Macrosociology, Analysis of Whole Societies
Free Keywords Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; Individual Collective Relationship; Social Reality; Social Relations; Social Systems; Social Interaction
Document language English
Publication Year 2002
Page/Pages p. 297-309
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 38 (2002) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications