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Police AestheticsLiterature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times$
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Cristina Vatulescu

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804760805

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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Police Aesthetics
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804760805.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about police aesthetics and Eastern European culture in Soviet times. The book maps out the relationship between culture and policing based on the archives of secret police in the Soviet Union and Romania, and investigates how secret police could play a role in the culture of the times, if it was indeed secret. It also argues that while a typical police file is usually limited to recording one crime, the Soviet-style personal file is defined by its attempt to cover the extensive biography of the suspect.

Keywords:   police aesthetics, Eastern European culture, policing, secret police, Soviet Union, Romania, personal file

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