The Post-soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals by Birgit BeumersThe Post-soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals by Birgit Beumers

The Post-soviet Russian Media: Conflicting Signals

EditorBirgit Beumers, Stephen Hutchings, Natalia Rulyova

Paperback | November 5, 2011

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This book explores developments in the Russian mass media since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. Complementing and building upon its companion volume,Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control, it traces the tensions resulting from the effective return to state-control under Putin of a mass media privatised and accorded its first, limited, taste of independence in the Yeltsin period. It surveys the key developments in Russian media since 1991, including the printed press, television and new media, and investigates the contradictions of the post-Soviet media market that have affected the development of the media sector in recent years. It analyses the impact of the Putin presidency, including the ways in which the media have constructed Putin's image in order to consolidate his power and their role in securing his election victories in 2000 and 2004. It goes on to consider the status and function of journalism in post-Soviet Russia, discussing the conflict between market needs and those of censorship, the gulf that has arisen separating journalists from their audiences. The relationship between television and politics is examined, and also the role of television as entertainment, as well as its role in nation building and the projection of a national identity. Finally, it appraises the increasingly important role of new media and the internet. Overall, this book is a detailed investigation of the development of mass media in Russia since the end of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Birgit Beumers is Reader in Russian at the University of Bristol. She completed her D.Phil at St Antony's College, Oxford and specialises on contemporary Russian culture, especially cinema and theatre. Her publications include Burnt by the Sun (2000), Nikita Mikhalkov (2005), PopCulture: Russia! (2005) and, as editor, Russia on Reels: ...
Title:The Post-soviet Russian Media: Conflicting SignalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415674875

ISBN - 13:9780415674874

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Table of Contents

IntroductionBirgit Beumers, Stephen Hutchings and Natalia Rulyova Part One: Media, Politics and State  1. Free to get rich and fool aroundIvan Zassoursky  2. Where did it all go wrong? Russian television in the Putin eraJohn A. Dunn  3. Shifting media and the failure of political communication in RussiaSamuel A. Greene  4. The end of independent television? Elite conflict and the reconstructing the Russian television landscapeTina Burrett Part 2: The Language of the Media  5. Putin and the tradition of the interview in Russian discourseAnna Maslennikova6. What's in a foreign word: Negotiating linguistic culture on Russian radio programmes about languageLara Ryazanova-ClarkePart 3: The Media and Memory7. The conundrum of memory: Young people and their recollections of Soviet televisionEllen Mickiewicz8. Commemorating the past/performing the present: Television coverage of WWII victory celebrations and the (de)construction of Russian nationhoodStephen Hutchings and Natalia RulyovaPart 4: Culture, State and Empire in Television Serials  9. The culture of serialization, or the serialization of cultureBirgit Beumers  10. The State Face: The empire's televisual imaginationNancy Condee Part 5: New Media, Censorship and Identity  11. New media, new Russians, new abroad: Towards a non-nationalist paradigmRobert Saunders12. Russia's internet media policies: Open space and ideological closureVlad Strukov


Editorial Reviews

"It is our occasional incapability to speak of a clean shift in praxis between [Putin and Medvedev] that makes the work of Hutchings and Rulyova enduringly, if not increasingly, relevant... The consequence and application of Hutchings and Rulyova's most perceptive study are assured for quite some time." - David MacFadyen, University of California, Los Angeleles; Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, issue 4.3