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Zeitschrift für Slawistik

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Volume 55, Issue 2


Der Mythos des ‚guten Geschmacks‘. Fragmente einer Analyse des aktuellen Kleidungsdiskurses in zwei russischen Städten

Katharina Klingseis
Published Online: 2010-05-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2010.0012


‘Taste’, a concept implying the idea of generally accepted aesthetic criteria, is still a central category of every­day dress discourse in Russia, while in other postmodern societies, ‘taste’ has given way to ‘tastes’ in the plural, or ‘styles’, both implying the ideas of individuality and pluralism. ‘Taste’, a recurring topos of pre-revolutionary as well as Soviet dress discourse, will be shown to still be a structuring element of current dress discourse. This becomes obvious in the normative notions of ‘adequacy’, of ‘comme il faut’, the cate­go­ri­cal imperatives typical of people’s statements concerning dress and appearance. The power effects of the to­pos of ‘taste’ can be verified by the pitilessness by which offences against ‘good taste’ are being sanc­tio­ned in everyday life. As will be argued in this paper, ‘taste’ is one of those ‘micro-mechanisms’ of power ‘at its extremities, in its ultimate destinations, with those points where it becomes capillary“ (Foucault 1980, 96).

Keywords: Russia; discourse; culture of everyday life; clothes; fashion

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Published Online: 2010-05-21

Published in Print: 2010-04-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Slawistik, Volume 55, Issue 2, Pages 144–159, ISSN (Print) 0044-3506, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/slaw.2010.0012.

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