Internal Colonization and the Phenomenon of Moscow-phobia in Russian Province Regions
The article presents the results of investigation of the Moscow-phobia as a social phenomenon through empirical data that includes 881 interviews taken in the Nizhnii Novgorod region in 2002 and in 2014. The analysis of Moscow-phobia builds on the thesis of Alexander Etkind that internal colonization reproduces cultural distances.
The findings are explained in the context of the two theories of internal colonization: Marxist and post-colonial. Earlier, Rossman described five concepts of the Moscow-phobia based on territorial economic inequalities and political hegemony of the center.
This study complements the list with other forms of phobia, as the participants expressed their anxiety through articulation of a cultural distance and the domination of province.
Thus, the central argument of this article is that contemporary Russia incorporates both trends of decolonization and reproduction of internal colonialism in the context of relationships between the “center” (the capital) and the “periphery” (the regions).
The article, based on current accounting data migration, analyzed the age characteristics of internal migration in Russia. The degree of influence of migration on the age structure of the population of 4 groups regions. On the example of the Central Federal District of the distributions increase (decrease) of population and intra-regional capitals periphery by age groups. More detailed analysis of migration age profile in Moscow and Moscow region.
Mastering the North was a long-term problem for the Russian state, which at least from the eighteenth century tried to organize the effective use of its resources. This chapter illustrates two very distinct foreign models employed for the “state colonization” of the Russian North in a formative period between the Great Reform of 1861 and Stalin’s industrialization of 1930s: Norway and Canada. Although the use of the Norwegian model for colonization of the Russian North is relatively well studied, “railway colonization” of 1920s is not that well known,and very few works embrace both imperial and early Soviet periods of colonization.
At the moment in Russia a policy of privatization of companies with the state participation in the share capital is being conducted; the results of this study will help to make predictions about the dynamics of performance of privatized companies
The main goal of the research is to study the impact of state participation in the share capital on performance of the company. The study showed that state participation in the capital negatively affects to the companies' performance. However, in this work an interesting result that enterprises of a natural monopoly receive the net profit more than other companies was obtained.
Basing on the data of migrant population surplus/decline in Russian cities for the period 1991-2009 the attempt is made to evaluate the impact of the population size of a city as well as the city position in the system of central-peripheral relations on its migration balance. The author also explains the existing migration mobility pattern through hierarchy of cities within a region.
A survey investigating the risk of falling into poverty in Russia shows that after improvements in the level of well-being of the Russian population during the past decade, the situation has grown relatively worse during the current economic crisis and for the poor the situation will continue to worsen at an accelerated pace.
The results of cross-cultural research of implicit theories of innovativeness among students and teachers, representatives of three ethnocultural groups: Russians, the people of the North Caucasus (Chechens and Ingushs) and Tuvinians (N=804) are presented. Intergroup differences in implicit theories of innovativeness are revealed: the ‘individual’ theories of innovativeness prevail among Russians and among the students, the ‘social’ theories of innovativeness are more expressed among respondents from the North Caucasus, Tuva and among the teachers. Using the structural equations modeling the universal model of values impact on implicit theories of innovativeness and attitudes towards innovations is constructed. Values of the Openness to changes and individual theories of innovativeness promote the positive relation to innovations. Results of research have shown that implicit theories of innovativeness differ in different cultures, and values make different impact on the attitudes towards innovations and innovative experience in different cultures.