Varieties of Russian Activism: State-Society Contestation in Everyday Life (Paperback)

Varieties of Russian Activism: State-Society Contestation in Everyday Life By Jeremy Morris (Editor), Andrei Semenov (Editor), Regina Smyth (Editor) Cover Image

Varieties of Russian Activism: State-Society Contestation in Everyday Life (Paperback)

By Jeremy Morris (Editor), Andrei Semenov (Editor), Regina Smyth (Editor)

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Despite decades under Putin's rule, it is too simplistic to assert that authoritarianism in Russia has eliminated activism, especially in relation to everyday life. Instead, we must build an awareness of diverse efforts to mobilize citizens to better understand how activism is shaped by and, in turn, shapes the regime.

Varieties of Russian Activism focuses on a broad range of collective actions addressing issues from labor organizing to housing renovation, religion, electoral politics, minority language rights, and urban planning. Contributors draw attention to significant forms of grassroots politics that have not received sufficient attention in scholarship or that deserve fresh examination. The volume shows that Russians find novel ways to redress everyday problems and demand new services. Together, these essays interrogate what kinds of practices can be defined as activism in a fast-changing, politically volatile society.

An engaging collection, Varieties of Russian Activism unites leading scholars in the common aim of approaching the embeddedness of civic activism in the conditions of everyday life, connectedness, and rising society-state expectations.

Jeremy Morris is Professor of Global Studies at Aarhus University. He is author most recently of Everyday Post-Socialism: Working-Class Communities in the Russian Margins.Andrei Semenov is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His work appears in Russian Politics, Social Movement Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs.Regina Smyth is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. She is author most recently of Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008-2020.
Product Details ISBN: 9780253065469
ISBN-10: 0253065461
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 314
Language: English