Art and everydayness : popular culture and daily life in the communist Czechoslovakia
European Journal of Cultural Studies
Sage Publications Ltd.
703 - 720
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This article analyzes the interaction between art and practices of everyday life in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s. Discussing various forms of adaptations to the politically repressive system - from photography and film to social activities such as 'cottage homemaking' and 'cabining' - the author describes ways in which popular culture under communism resisted the state-induced drive to modernize which, as a political tool, was designed to pacify the masses. The article suggests that by breaching the gap between the quotidian and the extraordinary, which as a systemic division has defined daily life in modernity, popular culture was instrumental in reinvigorating everydayness. © The Author(s) 2012.