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This chapter is about Anna, who despite having been significantly influenced by global discourses and practices, also figures the family prominent in her articulations of her moral experience. The chapter suggests that Anna helps illuminate some of the most pressing everyday personal struggles and dilemmas felt by many post-Soviet persons. Despite Annas attempt to rhetorically link being married off with another culture, and thus foreign if not backwards, it becomes clear throughout the chapter that marriage and family is central to Annas conception of morality. The chapter quotes excerpts from Jaretts interview with Anna. Annas conception of morality as family seems to be ultimately tied to the related practices of obshchenie and understanding. The family is the place from which obshchenie and understanding take place as ethical processes that lead one out into the world and provide a place to return to once again for more ethical work.

Keywords: Anna; Jaretts interview; morality as family; obshchenie; post-Soviet Russia



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