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"Меньшинства" и "массы" в социальной структуре позднего Модерна

The article is centered around most topical issue of cultural meaning and social consequences of the global phenomenon provocatively labeled as “ The minorities’ uprising” by prominent Russian sociologist and political scholar Leonid Ionin. What appears to represent a counter-movement to “The masses’ uprising” so skillfully portrayed by Jose Ortega y Gasset almost century ago turns out to be as a-moral and prone to virus of “massovization” as it was typical to its historical predecessor. The author tries to explain this paradox by critical analysis of what he calls “theory of minoritization” elaborated by Leonid Ionin. Partial answer to the paradox may be found due to more explicit Ionin’s concept – namely, “identity staging”. In post-modern condition a classical order of construction of cultural forms based on representation of given social interest suffers complete reversal. Thus societal structure of late Modernity is being formed by multitude of minorities, each of which becomes a sort of exclusive “micro-mass”. Conception of “identity staging” explains as well why theory of “democratic transit” does not work within post-Soviet (relevant to post-Modern) social context.