1st Edition

Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation

Edited By Katja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki Copyright 2017
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this book the expert international contributors attempt to answer questions such as: How far is it possible to attribute change in contemporary Russia as due to cultural factors? How does the process of change in cultural institutions reflect the general development of Russia? Are there certain philosophical ideas that explain the Russian interpretation of a modern state?

    This edited volume elaborates on processes of Russian modernisation regarding a wide range of factors, including the use of modern technology, elements of civil society, a reliable legal system, high levels of education, equality among citizens, freedom of speech, religion and trade. The main focus is on the Putin era but historical backgrounds are also discussed, adding context. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of research fields from philosophy and political ideas to gender issues, language, the education system, and the position of music as a constituent of modern identity.

    Throughout the book the chapters are written so as to introduce experts from other fields to new perspectives on Russian modernisation, and de-modernisation, processes. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and scholars in Philosophy, Politics, IR, Music and Cultural Studies, and, of course, Russian studies.


    1. Introduction chapter: Dimensions of Russian culture and mind
    [Tatiana Larina, Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova]

    2. Kant and Russian idealism – a litmus test of modernisation
    [Vesa Oittinen]

    3. Soviet Modernisation and its Legacies from the Perspective of Civilisational Analysis
    [Mikhail Maslovskii]

    4. A Morphology of Russia? The Russian Civilisational Turn and its Cyclical Idea of History
    [Kåre Johan Mjør]

    5. The Russian Orthodox Church Today – Transformations Between Secular and Sacred
    [Elina Kahla]

    6. The end of the Russian intelligentsia? Conceptual changes in the context of post-Soviet Russia’s modernisation process.
    [Jutta Scherrer]

      6.a Appendix: Integrum analysis
      [Hanna-Maaria Luoto]

    7. Universities for Modernising Russia
    [Yury Zaretskiy]

    8. Post-Socialist Neoliberal? Education reform in Russia as a socially interpreted process
    [Elena Minina]

    9. Educating the new listener – classical music and Russian modernisation

    [Elina Viljanen]

    10. Cultural barriers of the Russian modernization
    [Nadezhda Lebedeva]

    11. ‘New Women’ Modernising Russia
    [Kirsti Ekonen and Irina Iukina]

    12. Public discussion on information society in Russia
    [Katja Lehtisaari]

    13. Preconditions for Russian modernisation: a media analysis
    [Veera Laine and Arto Mustajoki]


    Katja Lehtisaari is a postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds a Doctor of Social Sciences degree from University of Tampere and she has published articles and co-authored or edited books on e.g. the development of journalism and the press market structures and media convergence, focusing mainly in Russia and Finland. She is currently also involved in research on the role of media in civic unity and unrest in Central Asia. Lehtisaari is the editor-in-chief of Idäntutkimus, The Finnish Review of East European Studies.

    Arto Mustajoki is Professor of Russian language and Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has published books and articles in Russian, English and Finnish on functional syntax, corpus linguistics, linguistic theory, miscommunication, Russian mentality, research ethics and science policy. A recent co-edited book was entitled Understanding Russianness (Routledge 2012).