Russian Intelligentsia in the Age of Counterperestroika: Political Agendas, Rhetorical Strategies, Personal Choices, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Russian Intelligentsia in the Age of Counterperestroika

Political Agendas, Rhetorical Strategies, Personal Choices, 1st Edition

Edited by Dmitri N. Shalin

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208 pages

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Description

This book examines the phenomenon of intelligentsia as political discourse, civic action, and embodied practice, focusing especially on the political agendas and personal choices confronting intellectuals in modern Russia.

Contributors explore the role of the Russian intelligentsia in dismantling the Soviet system and the unanticipated consequences of the resultant changes which threaten the very existence of the intelligentsia as a distinct group. Building on the legacy of John Dewey and Jürgen Habermas, the authors make the case that the intelligentsia plays a critical role in opening communications, widening the range of participants in public discourse, and freeing social intercourse from the constraints nondemocratic political arrangements impose on the communication sphere.

Looking at current trends through a variety of different lenses, this book will be of interest to those studying the past, present, and future of the Russian intelligentsia and its impact not only in Russia, but around the world. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Russian Journal of Communication.

Table of Contents

Communication, democracy, and intelligentsia: an introduction

Dmitri N. Shalin

1. ‘Intelligentsia’: the vanished concept and its aftermath

Lev D. Gudkov

2. Intelligentsia, intellectuals, and the social functions of intelligence

Mikhail Epstein

3. Subjective notes on the objective situation among Russian intellectuals

Leonid Gozman

4. The post-intelligentsia and the Russian catastrophe of the twenty-first century

Andrei Piontkovsky

5. Russian intelligentsia in the age of counterperestroika

Dmitri N. Shalin

6. Intelligentsia exhumed: nationalist trends among contemporary Russian intelligentsia

Gasan Gusejnov

7. Intelligentsia and cynicism: political metamorphoses of postmodernism

Mark Lipovetsky

8. Literature and power in the new age: institutions and divisions

Natalia Ivanova

9. Reading as a heroic feat: the intelligentsia and uncensored literature

Lyudmila Ulitskaya

10. The intelligentsia and emigration: strategic prospects, unrealized possibilities, and personal risks

Serge Iourienen

11. The illusion of freedom: propaganda and the informational swamp

Alexander Genis

12. Intelligentsia and the Gospel according to Mathew

Viktor Shenderovich

About the Editor

Dmitri N. Shalin is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Democratic Culture, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA. He is the coordinator of the Justice & Democracy Forum series; editor of the Social Health of Nevada Report; and co-director of the International Biography Initiative, the Erving Goffman Archives, and the Russian Culture and Intelligentsia projects. His research interests and publications are in the areas of pragmatism, sociological theory, democratic culture, and Russian society.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies