This book comes at a time when the late 20th century's illusions of the 'withering away' of social classes, the triumph of the welfare state, and the prosperity of the middle class are being challenged worldwide. Recent history confirms the revival of class conflict, growing inequality, and a lack of opportunities for the lower classes.
The author looks at contemporary Russia as part of Eurasian civilization and as a netocratic society that is not authentically bourgeois, and describes the country's social stratification as a combination of class-related (dominant) and socio-professional hierarchies.
The book is dedicated to the validation of a new direction: market sociology, which is today regarded as the most actively developing field of socioeconomic research. The work contains a survey of modern theoretical approaches and delivers conceptual forms for the empiric analysis of the market using the tools of economic sociology. It also cites experimental data collected during the realization of a number of projects dedicated to the study of Russian markets of consumer goods.Addressed to researchers and professors, postgraduates, candidates and senior students of social and economic disciplines.
A circle of intellectuals – associates of German poet Stefan George (1868-1933) – played a significant role in the evolution of ideas at the turn and in the first third of the 20th century. The impact of George's circle extends far beyond the bounds of poetry and literature to history, pedagogy, philosophy, and economics. George's specific interpretation of politics influenced an entire generation of Germans on the eve of the Nazi catastrophe. The Circle was largely built on Plato's Academy, and Stefan George was considered 'the new Plato'. Members of George's circle authored a number of books, articles, and translations that were designed to compete with the academic view on Plato. This monograph, based on published and archival materials, examines the ways George's circle influenced conventional academic studies of Plato's philosophy.
This book is based on materials from the conference 'The USSR: Life after Death', and the round table 'The Second Crash, from the Collapse of the Soviet Union to the Crisis of Neo-liberalism', held in December 2011 and January 2012, respectively. The two events brought together different generations of experts and researchers. For some, Soviet life was part of their personal experience, while for others it was just part of their country’s history. To what extent and in what form have Soviet socio-cultural practices and everyday life patterns survived in the capitalist post-Soviet society? Is the 'Soviet legacy' an obstacle to the development of a new bourgeois society in Russia or, conversely, does it serve to stabilize the new system? Does a 'Soviet mentality' create resistance or help adapt to the neoliberal reality? The answers to these questions, which seemed quite obvious to the mass consciousness back in the 1990s, need to be reconsidered today.