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Published on May 10, 2013
This is my story of socialist fun, a term I use to describe cultural activities provided by the Soviet socialist government for its citizens. While socialist fun sounds like an oxymoron, I find that Soviet citizens, especially young people, truly had fun and enjoyed themselves in state-sponsored cultural institutions, as well as finding a sense of meaning and purpose and community belonging. This video relates how and why I came to study socialist fun. It also explains why I think this topic is important, not only for understanding the Soviet Union but also to gain deeper insights into contemporary societies in the United States and around the globe. I am currently writing a full-length book on socialist fun and have also published a brief monograph and several essays on this topic, available to download for free at: http://www.glebtsipursky.com/research Thank you for taking the time to watch this video, and I look forward to hearing what you think.