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As a 27 year-old, single woman living in Moscow, Larisa is perhaps the perfect image of the so-called post-Soviet, modern Russian woman. This chapter focuses on one particular topic that Larisa raised in the conversations and interviews many times, that of lying. In the examples in the chapter, it is possible to see how a persons moral world shifts and alters as she encounters different and various life possibilities and experiences. Larisas case is particularly interesting to illustrate this because of the wide array of encounters she had that to a great extent have been, if not unique, then certainly characteristic of post-Soviet Russia. From the sudden allure of global consumerism, to the wave of religious conversion, to the new intensity of the capitalist workplace, each of these have in some way played a role in shaping Larisas moral world and personhood.

Keywords: capitalist workplace; feminine personhood; global consumerism; Larisa; moral world; post-Soviet Russia; religious conversion



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