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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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Stalin Era Intellectuals Culture and Stalinism

Stalin Era Intellectuals: Culture and Stalinism

1st Edition

Edited By Vesa Oittinen, Elina Viljanen
May 27, 2024

This book focuses on the extent to which Soviet scholars and cultural theoreticians were able to act autonomously during the Stalin era. The authors question how we should consider certain intellectual achievements which took place despite the pressure of Stalinism, and how best to recognise and ...

Studies in Contemporary Journalism and Communication in Russia’s Provinces

Studies in Contemporary Journalism and Communication in Russia’s Provinces

1st Edition

Edited By Greg Simons, Anna Sumskaya
January 29, 2024

This book examines the contemporary communicational practices of journalists and media outlets and the consumption and reception patterns of audiences in Russia’s provinces with an emphasis on the intergenerational transmission of culture and memory. Investigating the interaction and issues of ...

The Politics of the Pandemic in Eastern Europe and Eurasia Blame Game and Governance

The Politics of the Pandemic in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Blame Game and Governance

1st Edition

Edited By Margarita Zavadskaya
September 11, 2023

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the political impact of the COVID-19 emergency in central and eastern Europe and Eurasia. Offering a theoretical framework linking the authoritarian, post-Soviet institutional legacy with patterns of political behavior, support and governments’ ...

Russia’s Cultural Statecraft

Russia’s Cultural Statecraft

1st Edition

Edited By Tuomas Forsberg, Sirke Mäkinen
May 31, 2023

This book focusses on Russia’s cultural statecraft in dealing with a number of institutional cultural domains such as education, museums and monuments, high arts and sport. It analyses to what extent Russia’s cultural activities abroad have been used for foreign policy purposes, and perceived as ...

Complaints to the Authorities in Russia A Trap Between Tradition and Legal Modernization

Complaints to the Authorities in Russia: A Trap Between Tradition and Legal Modernization

1st Edition

By Elena Bogdanova
January 09, 2023

This book considers the process of legal modernization in Russia from the development of the mechanism of complaints addressed to the authorities from the pre-revolutionary period to today. It analyzes wide-ranging data and sources, collected over 17 years, such as legislation, in-depth interviews,...

Russian Modernization A New Paradigm

Russian Modernization: A New Paradigm

1st Edition

Edited By Markku Kivinen, Brendan G. Humphreys
May 30, 2022

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

1st Edition

Edited By Kåre Johan Mjør, Sanna Turoma
April 29, 2022

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?

1st Edition

Edited By 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

1st Edition

Edited By Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Maria Yelenevskaya
June 17, 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

1st Edition

By 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

1st Edition

Edited By 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

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas Hoffmann, Andrey Makarychev
July 19, 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...

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