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Studies in Contemporary Russia: Studies in Contemporary Russia

About the Series

Studies in Contemporary Russia is a series of cutting-edge, contemporary studies. These monographs, joint publications and edited volumes branch out into various disciplines, innovatively combining research methods and theories to approach the core questions of Russian modernisation; how do the dynamics of resources and rules affect the Russian economy and what are the prospects and needs of diversification? What is the impact of the changing state-society relationship? How does the emerging welfare regime work? What is the role of Russia in contemporary international relations? How should we understand the present Russian political system? What is the philosophical background of modernisation as a whole and its Russian version in particular? The variety of opinions on these issues is vast. Some see increasingly less difference between contemporary Russia and the Soviet Union while, at the other extreme, prominent experts regard Russia as a 'more or less' normal European state. At the same time new variants of modernisation are espoused as a result of Russian membership of the global BRIC powers. Combining aspects of Western and Soviet modernisation with some anti-modern or traditional tendencies the Russian case is ideal for probing deeper into the evolving nature of modernisation. Which of the available courses Russia will follow remains an open question, but these trajectories provide the alternatives available for discussion in this ground-breaking and authoritative series. The editor and the editorial board of the series represent the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies: Choices of Russian Modernisation.

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Russian Modernization A New Paradigm

Russian Modernization: A New Paradigm

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Markku Kivinen, Brendan G. Humphreys
November 30, 2020

Building on an original interpretation of social theory and an interdisciplinary approach, this book creates a new paradigm in the Russian studies. Taking a fresh view of Russia’s multiple experiences of modernization, it seeks to explain the Putin era in a completely new way. This book explores ...

Russia as Civilization Ideological Discourses in Politics, Media and Academia

Russia as Civilization: Ideological Discourses in Politics, Media and Academia

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Kåre Johan Mjør, Sanna Turoma
July 08, 2020

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 ...

Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia Waiting for the Middle-Class Society?

Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia: Waiting for the Middle-Class Society?

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Jouko Nikula, Mikhail Chernysh
May 05, 2020

This book analyses social change in Russia, in particular the development of a middle class, one of the most important social and political projects of Putin’s administration. Using unique survey data collected in 1998, 2007 and 2015, the authors make extensive and theoretically justified analyses...

The Soft Power of the Russian Language Pluricentricity, Politics and Policies

The Soft Power of the Russian Language: Pluricentricity, Politics and Policies

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Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Maria Yelenevskaya
June 19, 2019

Exploring Russian as a pluricentric language, this book provides a panoramic view of its use within and outside the nation and discusses the connections between language, politics, ideologies, and cultural contacts. Russian is widely used across the former Soviet republics and in the diaspora, but...

The Politics of Poverty in Contemporary Russia

The Politics of Poverty in Contemporary Russia

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Ann-Mari Sätre
December 11, 2018

This book provides an overview of poverty and well-being in Russia. Increasing poverty rates during the 1990s were followed by greater attention to social policies in the 2000s and increased efforts to engage people in socially oriented NGOs and ‘encourage’ them to contribute to the fulfillment of ...

Authoritarian Modernization in Russia Ideas, Institutions, and Policies

Authoritarian Modernization in Russia: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies

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Vladimir Gel'man
August 14, 2018

Post-Communist Russia is an instance of the phenomenon of authoritarian modernization project, which is perceived as a set of policies intended to achieve a high level of economic development, while political freedoms remain beyond the current modernization agenda or are postponed to a distant ...

Russia and the EU Spaces of Interaction

Russia and the EU: Spaces of Interaction

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Thomas Hoffmann, Andrey Makarychev
July 31, 2018

The annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russia’s support for military insurgency in eastern Ukraine undermined two decades of cooperation between Russia and the EU leaving both sides in a situation of reciprocal economic sanctions and political alienation. What is left of previous positive experiences...

Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia Television, Cinema and the State

Memory Politics in Contemporary Russia: Television, Cinema and the State

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Mariëlle Wijermars
July 26, 2018

This book examines the societal dynamics of memory politics in Russia. Since Vladimir Putin became president, the Russian central government has increasingly actively employed cultural memory to claim political legitimacy and discredit all forms of political opposition. The rhetorical use of the ...

Federalism and Regional Policy in Contemporary Russia

Federalism and Regional Policy in Contemporary Russia

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Andrey Starodubtsev
December 11, 2017

How do Russian leaders balance the need to decentralize governance in a socially and politically complex country with the need to guarantee political control of the state? Since the early 2000s Russian federal authorities have arranged a system of political control on regional elites and their ...

Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation

Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation

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Katja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki
September 20, 2016

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 ...

The Other Russia Local experience and societal change

The Other Russia: Local experience and societal change

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Leo Granberg, Ann-Mari Sätre
September 15, 2016

Most recent research seeks to explain contemporary changes in Russia by analysing the decisions of Russian leaders, oligarchs and politicians based in Moscow. This book examines another Russia, one of ordinary people changing their environment and taking opportunities to provoke societal changes in...

Paganism, Traditionalism, Nationalism Narratives of Russian Rodnoverie

Paganism, Traditionalism, Nationalism: Narratives of Russian Rodnoverie

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Kaarina Aitamurto
May 20, 2016

Rodnoverie was one of the first new religious movements to emerge following the collapse of the Soviet Union, its development providing an important lens through which to view changes in post-Soviet religious and political life. Rodnovers view social and political issues as inseparably linked to ...

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