This book is an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon of the Russian left avant-garde, represented, first of all, in works of constructivists, productivists and factographists, which gathered in the 1920th around the reviews LEF and Novy Lef, and such institutes as INHUK, VHUTEMAS and GAKhN. The book argues that the left avant-garde is a self-reflective social and anthropological practice, which loses nothing of its artistic qualities, because of conscious attempt of its protagonists to solve political and everyday problems of the people, which got a possibility of social liberation after 1917 . With appropriate interdisciplinary instruments, the book addresses to such different figures as Andrey Bely and Andrey Platonov, Nikolay Evreinov and Dziga Vertov, Gustav Spet, Boris Arvatov etc. These different authors are united by the discovery of a specific layer of sensibility and of an alternative structure of the subconscious in their works, which are described in terms of a provocative concept of 'new sensibility'. Collectivity means here not an exterior social organization, but an immanent order of images from artworks, which enables them to be simultaneously both useful and purposeful, comfortable and esthetically outstanding .
The book is an open source for anyone interested in the humanities, especially in Philosophy, Literature and Art; it is addressed to artist and activists as well.
Igor Chubarov — Doctor of Philosophy; researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences; a member of Center for Modern Philosophy and Social Sciences at M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University; Associate Editor of Logos Journal. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Berlin, 2006–2008).
This book is a philosophical, cultural and sociological study of private collecting, which is considered a special form of individual self-realization in person’s spare time, and a way of self-affirmation. The author offers an original perspective on cultural, philosophical, social and economic aspects of collecting. Extensive supplements included in the publication provide a clear illustration of the diversity and complexity of the phenomenon of collecting.
This book is written in an easy and accessible language and can be interesting for not only for specialists in cultural scientists and sociologists of culture, but also for a wider group of readers.
This monograph is devoted to debates about the place of religion in modern society that have taken place among sociologists and social theorists since the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the history of secularization theory, which for many years dominated the sociology of religion and proclaimed the incompatibility of religion and modern society. According to this thesis, religion is doomed to an inevitable loss of its social significance. The book details the ideas of key secularization theorists, including Talcott Parsons, Peter Berger, Bryan Wilson, Thomas Luckmann, and David Martin. It also analyzes the principles on which secularization theory was built and the criticism it has been subjected to since the late 1970s. It then surveys attempts to update the theory in the 1980s and 1990s and the reasons for the crisis of secularization theory and its gradual decline in the early 2000s. The theory of secularization developed in Soviet sociology is considered separately. This volume will be useful for researchers, students studying social theory and the sociology of religion, and all those interested in contemporary religious processes.