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Russia as Civilization
Ideological Discourses in Politics, Media and Academia

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July 8, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

Analyzing the use of civilization in Russian-language political and media discourses, intellectual and academic production, and artistic practices, this book discusses the rise of civilizational rhetoric in Russia and global politics.

Why does the concept of civilization play such a prevalent role in current Russian geopolitical and creative imaginations? The contributors answer this question by exploring the extent to which discourse on civilization penetrates Russian identity formations in imperial and national configurations, and at state and civil levels of society. Although the chapters offer different interpretations and approaches, the book shows that Russian civilizationism is a form of ideological production responding to the challenges of globalization. The concept of "civilization," while increasingly popular as a conceptual tool in identity formation, is also widely contested in Russia today.

This examination of contemporary Russian identities and self-understanding will be of particular interest to students and scholars of Russian area studies and Slavic studies, intellectual and cultural history, nationalism and imperial histories, international relations, discourse analysis, cultural studies, media studies, religion studies and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Russian Civilizationism in a Global Perspective
Sanna Turoma and Kåre Johan Mjør

  1. "Nation" and "Civilization" as Templates for Russian Identity Construction: A Historical Overview
    Olga Malinova
  2. From Socio-Economic Formations to Civilizations: Seeking a Paradigm Change in Late Soviet Discussions
    Vesa Oittinen
  3. Russia between a Civilization and a Civic Nation: Secular and Religious Uses of Civilizational Discourse during Putin’s Third Term
    Victor Shnirelman
  4. "Civilization" in the Russian Mediatized Public Sphere: Imperial and Regional Discourses
    Galina Zvereva
  5. "Clash of Masculinities"? Gendering Russian–Western Relations in Popular Geopolitics.
    Tatiana Riabova
  6. Re-Imagining Antiquity: The Conservative Discourse of "Russia as the True Europe" and the Kremlin’s New Cultural Policy
    Maria Engström
  7. Civilizational Discourses in Doctoral Dissertations in Post-Soviet Russia
    Mikhail Suslov and Irina Kotkina
  8. An Eternal Russia: Oleg Platonov, the Institute for Russian Civilization and the Nationalization of Russian Thought
    Kåre Johan Mjør
  9. Contemporary Civilizational Analysis and Russian Sociology
    Mikhail Maslovskiy

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Kåre Johan Mjør is Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Senior Research Librarian at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Sanna Turoma is Professor of Russian Language and Cultural Studies at Tampere University, Finland.