Soviet Citizen and Outreach and Awareness-Raising Work in the 1950s. (the Case of Leningrad)
F. K. Yarmolich
Outreach and awareness-raising workin Leningrad in the 1950s is considered. Its feature was intertwining of political and cultural public education. This was because the Party sought out new methods for ideological mass influence. Clubs, recreation centers, theaters and other cultural institutions made it possible to exert more political influence upon citizens and, at the same time, provide information in a more interesting and intelligible way for wide audience.
One of the main tasks of outreach and awareness-raising work was combination of entertainment, aesthetic and intellectual elements. For this purpose various methods of outreach work were used: they are passive (lectures, evening meetings, dramatic reading, etc.) and active (amateur performances, clubs). Soviet citizens were more interested in active forms of recreation, which resulted in increase of total number of clubs and their attendance rates.
outreach and awareness-raising work, political and ideological work, recreation centers, soviet citizen, Leningrad