Общественный диалог культур в российско-японских отношениях: от конфронтации к взаимопониманию и новым формам культуры диалога (1956-2016 гг.)
The article discusses the dialogue of Russian and Japanese cultures, focusing on the mutual perceptions. The author considers that, despite the complicated relationship characterized by mutual distrust of the sides, between Russia and Japan continues the dialogue, based on mutual interest in each other's culture. Much attention is paid to the development of culture dialog through the public organizations.
The last book by an eminent sociologist Z. Bauman about the focus of public interest shifting from the future to the past.
The subject of this book is the study of various national and cultural stereotypes that existed in Japan and Russia concerning each other in the historic past in in our days.
This article analyses charity shop volunteering in the UK as an instance of individual commitment towards organisations devoted to combating suffering. Drawing on semi-structured interviews focused on motives, the paper argues that some respondents found in volunteer work a way of regaining meaning, structure, and belonging after experiences of social dislocation such as retirement and bereavement. The transition from social dislocation to ontological security via volunteering illustrates the way in which ‘the social’—as expressed in fellowship, laughter, work, organisations, and institutions—moderates charitable practice. From this perspective, volunteering appears as a relational, processual, and affective practice of care; and as a sympathy catalyst—an institution that facilitates interpersonal sympathy exchanges and support for compassionate goals. The paper endorses a view of human subjectivity which takes seriously both human vulnerability and resilience—victimhood and agency—as well as the relevance of suffering and flourishing for social action. In so doing, the paper sheds light on the link between individual biographies and the institutionalised efforts to alleviate strangers’ suffering that Natan Sznaider has termed ‘public compassion’.
This chapter analyses the image of Japan in the late Soviet mentality and its role in the intelligentsia's world-view.
The British socioemotional economy is marked by a tension between cosmopolitan humanitarian sentiments and the denial of sympathy for geographically close, but socially distant, strangers in need. The essence of this tension can be captured by the Dickensian notion of 'telescopic philanthropy'. A proper understanding of this tension would benefit from examining both short-term and secular trends - proximate and distal causal mechanisms. The paper is not explanatory in nature, but aims to generate sensitizing concepts, while at the same time seeking to steer the altruism, morality, and social solidarity literature towards a more active engagement with history, power, and ideology.
This paper analyses the impact of two reforms dealt with transparency improvement and adoption of more flexible regulation on effectiveness of procurement of a large state university (Higher School of Economics) in the period from 2008 to 2012. We evaluate the impact of two significant changes in the public procurement regulation: transfer to electronic auctions and adoption by this organization of its own Procurement Provision. We show that transfer to electronic auctions leads to higher competition and more significant price decreases, whereas the adoption of Procurement provision has an opposite effect. Regarding such indicator as delays in contracts execution, the first reform has no effect and the second regulation changes result in decreasing of delays.