The canon and the mushroom

  title={The canon and the mushroom},
  author={Alexei Yurchak},
  journal={HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory},
  pages={165 - 198}
  • Alexei Yurchak
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
This essay focuses on a paradoxical transformation that happened within Soviet ideological discourse at the very end of perestroika, around 1990–91. The Party’s attempts to revitalize Soviet ideology by returning to the original word of Lenin unexpectedly produced the opposite result. The unquestionable external Truth from which Soviet ideological discourse drew its legitimacy—and that had always been identical with Lenin’s word—suddenly could no longer be known. This shift launched a rapid… Expand
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