Human body at the service of the socialism. Corporeality and intimacy in the first decade of the Soviet Union

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Karolina Blecharczyk | Krakow

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Human body at the service of the socialism. Corporeality and intimacy in the first decade of the Soviet Union

Socialist utopia based on the Marxist anthropology was not only aimed at establish of the better future, but also at conceive the new, grater man. Changing the human body, the Bolsheviks expected substantive changes in awareness of entire human kind. Soon after the October Revolution they started to interfere in corporality of soviet citizens. Improvement of the public medical condition and hygiene, common physical culture development, new aesthetic and sexual standards and decomposition of a traditional family, was supposed to bring all-encompassing collectivization of the human body.

Keywords: human body, corporeality, Marxism, socialism, sex, sexuality, health, Soviet Union

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