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Love in a Time of Capitalism

Zev Gurman ('11); Mentors: Konstantine Klioutchkine, Anne Dwyer

Abstract: The objective of my independent SURP was to accumulate data on the Russian educated elite’s views on love, love relationships, career, and family for use in my senior thesis. My data consisted of interviews conducted in Russian with participants from the target demographic in St. Petersburg, Russia. Subsequent participant observation of select interview participants allowed for comparison of their social behavior with the opinions they had expressed. Additionally, I examined cultural artifacts – from advertisements and commercials to television shows and holidays – created by the Russian government to influence the views of the Russian population. Almost unanimously, female participants have displayed an interest in child rearing, which is consistent with the Russian government’s ideological stance on family as manifested in those cultural artifacts examined. Both male and female participants have ascribed little value to the concepts of marriage and nuclear families, failing to adhere to other aspects of Russian government ideology.

Funding provided by The Paul K. Richter and Evalyn E. Cook Richter Award, The Vladimir and Sophie Ulitin Russian Studies Fund

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