What is "new normal' in a post-crisis context? The contributors from the Institute of Global Economy and International Relations IIMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences try to find an answer to that question by rethinking the new reality in different dimensions: economic, social and political. They analyze the search for new models of economic growth and for new approaches to financial markets regulation, the peculiarities of innovation policies and the latest developments in the oil and gas sector, the new corporate map of the world where state-owned companies are struggling to regain a special place. The social sphere is changing in strong correlation with the economy: governments are searching for adequate response to the challenges of social imbalances and migration; governments' policies are reshaped under the pressure of the democratic views of the 21st century individuals. These problems are typical of all countries, but are of particular relevance in the case of the 'new periphery' countries - the post-communist states. New trends are emerging on the political arena as well, where new realities are forming within a system of international relations - the process which becomes evident when we take a look at the transatlantic relations and the bilateral relations of USA and China. The very paradigm of international security is undergoing major transformation in the post-crisis period. The contributors illustrate this trend by analyzing selected examples of conflict settlement in AfPak and the Middle East regions. The crisis had a significant impact on the European integration as well.
The study book will be of interest not only to professional economists, sociologists and experts in international relations but also to a wider audience interested in to the current trends in global development.
The book analyzes the results of many years of national sociological research characterizing the attitude of Russians in General and their various social groups to the results of twenty-five years of post-Soviet transformations. At the same time, the author highlights the gains and losses of the country's population over the years of reforms, considers the objective and subjective well-being and disadvantage of Russian citizens, the dynamics of their ideological and political preferences. Special attention is paid to the socio-cultural changes that have occurred during the years of reforms, the formation of Russian identity and the role of religion and religious organizations in society. The analysis of everyday life of Russians living in megacities and provinces, the life world of rural residents is given. The influence of the historical past of the country on the mass assessment of Russian transformations is considered. For sociologists, political scientists, philosophers, economists, historians, psychologists, lawyers, as well as students and postgraduates of the relevant specialties, employees of legislative and Executive authorities.
The book is dedicated to the most memorable places in Moscow and Saint-Peterburg, related to the activities of the Chinese revolutionaries in Soviet Russia. It gives a reader an opportunity to make a picture of where and how the Chinese revolutionaries lived and worked. Most of the photos and documents are published for the first time.
The collective monograph presents the results of the theoretical and historical-sociological research of the normative grammar of social action as well as the moral infrastructure of social order. The research was based on the in-depth analysis of the relevant mainstream and also rather peripheral ideas and concepts of classical and modern social theory, cognitive science and the ‘new’ sociology of morality. Among the main topics of the monograph are the theoretical re-interpretation of the concept of “norm” in an interdisciplinary perspective, the mechanisms of normative morphogenesis, structures of group and professional morals, and theoretical examination of risk-responsibility link in everyday moral evaluations. In addition, historical-theoretical reconstruction of some classical sociological theories is used for outlining new prospects in theoretical interpretation of the processes of normative change and crystallization and also of the multiplicity of normative systems. The book will be useful to readers in many different fields of social sciences and humanities, including those studying sociology at advanced level. It also will make an immediate appeal to the general reader familiar with contemporary social theory.
The book is a publication of a full text of M.Kh. Aleshkovskiy’s candidate of sciences (PhD) thesis defended in 1967 and previously available only in a shortened popular edition.