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Раскол и аффект: понятие «народ» в языке российских интеллектуалов

Отечественные записки. 2012. № 1. С. 46-52.

Based on an analysis of the discourse of contemporary Russian intellectuals from various regions of Russia (a series of in-depth interviews), the article analyzes the specific features of the usage of the concept of “the people” and offers a typology of that usage. The main point substantiated in the article is that the usage of the concept of “the people” in contemporary Russian educated discourse does not correspond to its modern political features and indicates that “the people” is not a unified political nation but rather one of the social groups. The relations between “the people” (mass lower class) and other social groups (public servants, business people and, sometimes, the intelligentsia) consistently appear to be negatively emotionally loaded.