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date: 17 October 2019

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This article discusses the role of domestic infrastructure in the constitution of subjectivities through the concrete examples of two socialist cities: Bucharest and Havana. This comparative study investigates the manner in which socialist ideological intentions materialized explicitly and in nuanced ways through the physical transformation of domestic space. The domestic revolution initiated by Khrushchev is interpreted as a narrative that both cities share, generating—through the implementation of state socialism—a common archaeology of the politics of domesticity that goes back to the programs of the 1920s Russian avant-gardes. The article proposes that this manifold archaeology of domesticity reveals that the political agenda, manifested in both contexts as an aesthetic project, entered the sphere of private life, transforming the home into a vehicle through which the body was politically shaped.

Keywords: domesticity, Bucharest, Havana, body, subjectivity, aesthetics, communism, housing, prefabrication

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