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Iuliia's Hands

Chapter 1: Memory's Topography
Memories as Social Acts
Continuity and Change
Memory as Landscape Chapter 2: Setting the Village in Space and Time
The Village Question
Solovyovo in Space and Time Chapter 3: Being "One's Own" in Solovyovo
Introduction: Social Circles
Solovyovo's Sense of Svoi
Basic Economic Organization
On Unevenness: Hierarchy in Solovyovo
Gathering the Other into the Realm of the Self Chapter 4: Radiance
Introduction: Narrative Landscapes
Svetloe Proshloe: The Radiant Past
Rethinking the Radiant Past Chapter 5: Wonders
Mir Chudesnogo: The World of Wonders
Wonderous Stories
Political Wonders
"Vse takie, doma luchshe": Anyway, home is best Chapter 6: Healing
Setting Space Right
Healing, Religion & Magic:
Looking for Transformative Powers
Obrashchenie in Solovyovo
Setting Space Wrong: How Illness Falls
Setting Space Right: Heaviness & Lightness
Fixing the Social Body through "Dobrom Dobro"
Setting Space Right: The Dead, The Rod, Rodina Chapter 7: The Red Corner
Introduction: Layers of Memory
Krasnyi Ugol: Red and Beautiful Corner
Icons in Corner Space
Misbehaving Icons
Local Khoziaeva in the Corner Chapter 8: Calendars
Calendrical Topography: The Poetics of Revelry
Calendars in Rural Russia: Confrontations of Time-Space
Memory and Necessity
Gulianki and Il'in Den'
Victory Day and State Remembrance Days
Troitsa and Remembrance Days of the Rodina Afterword
On Lightness and Weight References

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Recipient of a 2006 Washington Book Publishers Design and Effectiveness Award

About the Author

Margaret Paxson is Senior Associate at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has published articles in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and the Wilson Quarterly.


" ... a remarkable achievement... [Paxson's] sensitive empathy with these bleak lives has helped her to write the best ethnographic study of Russian country people available today."--Times Literary Supplement 05 January 2007

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