Vol 19, No 4 (2019)

Theory, Methodology and History of Sociological Research

Niklas Luhmann’s system theory: A critical analysis

Šubrt J.


This article considers the nature of the theoretical legacy - the system theory - of the German sociologist Niklas Luhmann. The author focuses on three topics: first, he briefly describes Luhmann’s ideas in the context of the contemporary sociological thought; second, he identidies how Luhmann’s works are perceived today; third, he presents a new reflection on Luhmann’s works. Paradigmatically, Luhmann’s ideas can be attributed to the system theory, neo-functionalism and radical constructivism due to his efforts to find inspiration in natural sciences. At the same time, Luhmann found himself in the close position to the traditions of the German philosophical idealism. Although the system theory is holistic in nature, Luhmann used for its elaboration elements of the individualist-oriented approach (based on Max Weber’s ideas). Thus, in Luhmann’s conception, systems become holistic entities that, like individual subjects, are capable of making decisions and managing themselves. One of the strengths of Luhmann’s conception is determined by his evolutionary theory consistent with random (in Luhmann’s terms - contingent) development connected with the idea of an open future. As with Parsons, in Luhmann’s conception we find emphasis on the consensus ensured by communication processes. However, what is missing, are the topics of work, production, conflict, struggle and violence. The current decline in the interest in Luhmann’s works has been reinforced by the fact that he was unable to translate his conceptions into instruments for the empirical sociological research. Nevertheless, Luhmann’s theory of a functionally differentiated society and its consequences still represents a significant stimulus for the contemporary sociological thought.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):607-616
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Contemporary society: the urgent issues and prospects for development

The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean: A multidimensional challenge for the European Union

Anguita Olmedo C., González Gómez del Miño P.


The European Union (EU) throughout its history has been the destination of diverse migratory flows. Therefore, migration has acquired special relevance by occupying a prominent position on the EU’s political, economic, cultural, and social agenda. The most recent migration crisis of 2015 represents a multidimensional challenge with severe consequences that affect, first, the institutional foundations of the EU (governance, security, solidarity of member states and institutional stability) and, second, the migratory policies of receiving states and the EU itself. This crisis is characterized, first, by the high number of illegal migrants that cross the Mediterranean, and, second, by the humanitarian tragedy and insecurity, which make the sea a grey area and an international reference in the migratory processes. The migration-security equation became a field of applied research and analysis, and at the same time a focus of political debate and public opinion. The article aims at analysing the crisis of 2015 and its consequences, which is done by means of the methodological approach based on the consequences that this phenomenon entails for the EU and for certain member states. The response of the EU is limited primarily to securitization by strengthening the external borders, turning towards internal security rather than respecting international and Community Treaties and promotion of their values, which contradicts the anticipated leadership of this global actor. The authors believe that it is necessary to implement new mechanisms in addition to ensuring greater effectiveness of the existing ones.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):617-629
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The birth rate in BRICS countries under the gender inequality in the labor market

Kizilova K., Mosakova E.A.


Demographic security under the uneven replacement of population due to significant fluctuations in birthrates is one of the most important problems for many states and global communities. According to the numerous studies, the developed countries face the challenge of depopulation and need to increase fertility, while the developing countries experience demographic boom and need to reduce fertility. The article considers the dynamics of fertility rates in the BRICS countries in the context of gender inequality in labor relations. The authors show that gender discrimination in labor relations affects fertility. The BRICS countries demonstrate that the lower birthrate the higher the level of women’s employment, of women’s wages, of gender equality in the economic sphere, and the larger the share of female students in the higher education. For the contemporary Russian society this correlation is reverse. The BRICS group consists mainly of developing countries, whose demographic transition has not yet been completed. For this reason, these countries demonstrate a negative correlation between fertility and gender inequality in the labor market. According to the sociological research findings, women there are still challenged with the choice between family and employment. Significant gender inequality in the labor market is an additional factor that forces women into the sphere of family employment. Gender discrimination in the labor market in Russia has a completely different impact on the birthrate than in other BRICS countries: a lower level of gender inequality in the labor market, on the contrary, contributes to the higher fertility. On the one hand, the higher level of gender equality in the labor market makes it easier for women to combine family employment and career, which results in larger number of children per family. On the other hand, the tradition to have several children declines. Therefore, the gender equality policy in a long run determines a smaller number of children per family in the future.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):630-638
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The support base of integration processes in the Eurasian Economic Union

Osadchaya G.I.


This article focuses on the conceptualization of the support base of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as an indicator of solidarity, unity of the member-state population around the integration concept and condition for the EEU successful development, and also stresses the importance of social-humanitarian aspects in the construction of the EEU. Based on the results of sociological studies (1), the article identifies the dynamics of the social support of integration processes by the member-state population in 2014-2018, and notes its decrease in the majority of member-states, differentiation in integration moods by age, and factors responsible for the decrease of the EEU’s support base. The author considers main directions, practices and instruments to enhance the social support for integration, and emphasizes that the concept of solidarity is interconnected with the ideas of social stability and justice. The author refers to the works of contemporary Russian and foreign scholars who developed the methodological grounds for promoting solidarity, and identifies ways to extend the EEU’s support base. The article shows that the resource of social solidarity, unity and structural-functional integration of the EEU is in the everyday efforts to strengthen it together with the economic efficiency, and this resource can be ensured by the political and civil discourse of the member states in the field of social-humanitarian cooperation. The development of the support base for integration processes includes such practices and resources that ensure interiorization of symbols, norms, values, and solidarity of the peoples and elites of the Eurasian Economic Union.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):639-650
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Transformation of the information sphere of civil society

Levashov V.K.


The author considers new phenomena in the information sphere of civil society, their influence on the nature and forms of its development, emphasizing that the development of the Russian civil society follows the general formation of the global civil society. Humankind has come to the objectively inevitable and qualitatively new stage in the co-evolution of biosphere, society and technosphere - the emergence of noosphere. The social-political essence of the new stage of social evolution is the search for a sustainable life regime based on the principles of civil justice in the interests of everyone on the planet. Social statistics and sociology highlight the peculiarity in the development of digital technologies - the growth of material and informational dysfunctions of the global and regional scale. The information sphere that has developed in the neoliberal paradigm of economic, political, and social practices does not meet the new global challenges and the needs of civil society and social state for it continues to function in the interests of small elite groups. Misinformation becomes widespread, which leads to the loss by information of its key function of the reliable reflection of reality and to the partial transformation of the media into institutions of social and political manipulation. Based on the data of sociological studies, the author proves that the structure and forms of the Russian media dysfunctions reflect global trends, and concludes that the need for publicity is a result of the “truth crisis”; thus, the media’s task - to reliably reflect social reality - becomes an imperative and a pass to the future. The sustainable development of the global and Russian civil society depends on the successful social-political reconstruction of the information sphere based on the principles of co-evolution of man, society and nature.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):651-664
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Food sovereignty and education: A Japanese type of harmonization

Chugrov S.V., Malov A.V.


Every civilization has specific social-cultural rituals for eating, and contemporary Japan is a particularly interesting case. The architects of the Japanese food policy use a special respect for food in two ways: first, as a tool of soft power to spread Japanese influence worldwide; second, as an effective way to ensure food security. It is the second component that interests the authors. The article identifies key issues of Japan’s food policy. Based on the institutional analysis and the food regime theory, the authors identify the structural nature of food import dependency of the Land of the Rising Sun. The combination of the comparative approach and retrospective analysis allowed to discover a number of elements that are closely connected with the idea of food sovereignty, especially the concept of shokuiku (food education). Based on the historical-genetic method, the authors suggest a cognitive route of the terminological unit “from the component of folklore to the legislative act” and identify structural-functional features of the Basic Law ( Shokuiku Kihon-ho ). The analysis of three Basic Plans for promotion of Shokuiku proved the institutional reorientation of Japan to collectivism, healthy lifestyle and dietetics of younger generations. Despite the fact that effectiveness of re-profiling was verified by empirical data, the article provides a critical analysis of shokuiku as well. The state monopoly on food knowledge and risk discourse legitimize ideologies, generate alarmist feelings and lead to food nationalism.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):665-677
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Surveys, experiments, case studies

Features of the basic values transformation in the changing reality (on the example of the Republic of Belarus)

Danilov A.N., Rotman D.G.


The article presents the data of two research projects - European Values Study (EVS) and sociological monitoring of the information field of the Republic of Belarus conducted by the Centre for Sociological and Political Studies of the Belarusian State University. The authors make the following conclusions: the basic values of the Belarusians are quite similar to the values of other European countries; the values of the Belarussians have developed for centuries under the influence of the key events in the European history; the values of society change slowly and can be transformed only in the life cycle of at least two generations; changes in the basic values are impossible under any external or internal pressure. Any attempts to quickly change value preferences of the people under pressure usually lead to the accumulation of negative moods and finally to social upheavals. Contemporary technologies open wide opportunities for informational violence and manipulation of public consciousness. The informational impact of the traditional media and the Internet (including social media) became one of the main factors affecting the structure and content of individual value orientations. The media create the sustainable intellectual background that determines the individual perception and subsequent behavioral response to events in the country and the world. The changing everyday reality forms a new value matrix, and the media become the key technological player due to the new information-communication possibilities.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):678-691
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The development of the social paradigm of eco-centrism: A philosophical interpretation of the sociological research in university

Ivleva M.L., Ivlev V.Y., Kurilov S.N.


The article considers the features of the youth’s attitudes to environmental issues and environmental crisis and the situation in environmental science - its features at the present stage of development, and explains the relevance of theoretical and practical studies of the environmental awareness and development of environmental culture. Two alternative interpretations of environmental issues are presented: alarmist and optimistic social stereotypes. Today, due to the qualitative and quantitative growth of information, the attitude to environmental issues is changing - it becomes more rational and balanced. However, the task of monitoring transformations of the public consciousness in relation to ecology is still relevant. The article presents the results of the sociological research conducted among students of undergraduate programs in engineering and humanities. The survey aimed at studying environmental values of the Russian youth and was conducted in 2019 in four Moscow universities: Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Moscow State Technical University named after N.E. Bauman, RUDN University, Moscow State Linguistic University. The survey results show that the traditional environmental education based on the increase of knowledge about nature does not lead to the change of environmental values and behavior in nature. The authors insist on introducing into contemporary ecology and informal ecological education the new social paradigm of eco-centrism that corresponds to the idea of harmonizing the relationship between man and nature and of a balanced, “calm” attitude of society to the environmental crisis. The authors also show the connection of psycho-ecology with environmental problems in public consciousness and the potential of this concept as a moral-ethical basis of the social paradigm of eco-centrism.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):692-706
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Factors of interethnic conflicts in the Russian Federation

Naydenko V.N.


The article considers the conflict factors of interethnic relations in the Russian Federation. The survey of experts, qualified professionals in the spheres of ethno-extremism and interethnic conflicts, the data of opinion polls, analysis of academic papers and relevant mass media allowed the author to identify factors that can have a negative impact on interethnic relations and provoke ethnic conflicts in the next five to seven years. The first group of factors that are highly dangerous in terms of their impact includes economic crisis, low living standards, corruption, migration, proliferation of international Islamic extremism, activities of foreign states, struggles for power and access to federal money between governing elites and ethnic groups in national republics, ineffective educational and cultural policies. The second group of negative factors with a medium impact on interethnic situation consists of activities of interethnic and ethno-religious organizations, organized crime (including ethnic), decrease in the share of Russians in the population, ineffective ethnic policy and poor performance of law enforcement agencies. The third group of factors with a modest impact consists of foreign policy and systematic violations of the rights and freedoms of citizens.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):707-721
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The level of ethnic-confessional tolerance in the Saratov Region

Beginina I.A., Ivchenkov S.G., Ivchenkova M.S., Shakhmatova N.V.


Ethnic-confessional relationships in multiethnic regions are dynamic and influenced by globalization and the growth of horizontal mobility, and also by everyday practices. All these factors structure the public opinion in a certain way and determine the degree of tolerance of the regions and Russia as a whole. The article aims at assessing the level of ethnic-confessional tolerance in the multiethnic Saratov Region. The article presents the results of the sociological survey conducted in March 2018 in the city of Saratov and eleven districts of the Saratov Region. According to the survey’s results, the degree of acceptance of a person of a different nationality is inversely proportional to the size of social distance. The level of the religious tolerance is also high, but does not correlate with the size of social distance. According to the data, the vast majority of respondents did not encounter violations of national or religious rights, and among those who actually experienced national discrimination (personally or in close social circle) it was expressed in the form of ignoring, insulting, difficulties when looking for employment, threats and physical abuse. In general, the low prevalence of direct forms of negative ethnic-religious attitudes proves the high level of tolerance in the Saratov Region. Interethnic relations of the Saratovites with representatives of the Caucasian peoples are more prone to conflicts than with representatives of peoples traditionally settled in the region (Ukrainians, Tatars, Kazakhs, Jews, Bashkirs, Volga Germans). Despite the prevailing positive assessments of the national policy, it still needs to take into account the features of the Saratov Region.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):722-736
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International migration in border regions of Russia: Structural modeling of public attitudes

Maximova S.G., Omelchenko D.A., Noyanzina O.E.


Changes in migration patterns and structure of international migration in Russia, its shift towards more transit forms in the interests of labor market and local conditions, together with serious economic and demographic losses, determine the need to change the migration policies. Such policies, if they focus on migrants without taking into account the public opinion of the host population, cannot ensure the balance of interests and stability in the region or realization of benefits of international migration. It is the choice of the host population that determines acculturation strategies and success of adaptation and integration of migrants. Based on the data of the sociological research conducted in 2018 in the border regions of Russia, the authors claim the existence of general evaluative factor of public attitudes and present the structural model of its determination consisting of institutional characteristics of regional society and social-structural and identification characteristics of respondents. According to the results of the research, the population of border regions believe that migration does not have any positive impact on the Russian economy and cannot compensate demographic losses, and underestimate risks of discrimination and social exclusion of labor migrants. In the majority of regions studied, the general perception of migration is affected by diasporal identities and comparison of the region with ‘the rest of Russia’. The subjective assessment of personal security, financial situation, migration experience and cultural factors are important for variability of indicators or regions. The study highlights the importance of fight against ethnic prejudices and migrantophobia and of positive public opinion for the effective migration policy reflecting national interests in terms of attracting foreign human and cultural capital.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):737-755
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Russian-speaking expats in the Middle East countries

Akulich M.M.


The present scale of labor migration of highly qualified specialists determines the necessity to study the essence and consequences of this social phenomenon. The author offers the sociological interpretation of the concept ‘expat’ and explains its meaning in the empirical study of the adaptation of Russian-speaking expats in the Middle East countries. The relevance of the research in this region is determined, on the one hand, by the attractiveness of the Persian Gulf countries for professional and labor migration, and, on the other hand, by the lack of applied research aimed at considering the peculiarities of adaptation of Russian-speaking specialists and their families to the life in the Arab country. The data were gathered in the survey/interview of specialists and their family members ( n = 50/14) living in the countries of the Middle East. The results indicate that the expats migrate by their own will or by the invitation of the host party through the selection process in English. Expatriates and their families do not experience special difficulties in the adaptation to new living conditions, strive to maintain the traditions of their culture, and actively interact with representatives of the diaspora. In general, expats are satisfied with professional activities, self-realization, and living conditions. However, their family members practically do not work in their specialty though most of them got higher education. The expat family members are mainly employed in the service sector, and their children study in American and English schools and communicate regardless of nationality. Social-cultural adaptation of children is quite successful due to the available conditions - social (parks, playgrounds, beaches) and social-cultural (respectful and friendly attitude).

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):756-768
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Independence of prosecutors in the Russian justice system

Bochkarev S.A.


Based on the data of the sociological survey, the author considers the attitude of prosecutors to their own independence and to the circumstances that can affect it. The questionnaire focused on the opinions of prosecutors and various aspects of the impact on their decisions: higher management, pressure from the media, representatives of state authorities, etc. The results of the survey prove that the relationship between the higher management and public authorities in the field of their impact on the independence of prosecutors has both functional-hierarchical and real reasons. The study revealed a coincidence of the high level of dependence on the authorities with the high level of management interference in the procedural activities of prosecutors, which allows to suggest that in most cases officials put pressure on prosecutors through their higher management. The results of the survey show that with experience the level of critical evaluation of authorities’ attempts to influence the process and the results of the prosecutors’ work increases. If young professionals do not feel rejection when face the intervention of the authorities, then with the growth of experience negative assessments of such actions appear and gradually strengthen. At the same time, the revealed indicators do not allow to say that for inexperienced prosecutors at the first stages of their professional development the phenomenon of power is unknown or unclear. On the contrary, they are familiar with it and feel the most favorable attitude towards it.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):769-786
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Family entrepreneurship in the countryside: Some details of the portrait

Bozhkov O.B.


The article is an interim result of many years of studies focused on the wide range of issues related to the development of farmers’ movement, to the interaction of contemporary rural entrepreneurs with government, rural population and colleagues in production activities. This project (field expeditions of 2018-2019) aims at assessing the challenges and prospects of the two key social institutions of the Russian village - local authorities and entrepreneurs - in terms of the dominant scenarios of their interaction and their role in stabilizing the situation in rural areas. This two-year field studies repeat the expeditions of a decade ago combining quantitative and qualitative approaches in the study of specific cases - settlements that represent the features of the Non-Black Earth regions of Russia. The author focuses on the issue actually ignored by researchers of agricultural problems - family entrepreneurship in the countryside. In the introduction, the author provides a brief overview of the specifics of the rural lifestyle in pre-revolutionary Russia. The first part of the article considers social-economic processes in the countryside during the Soviet period, which laid the foundation for the problems that determined the paths of the post-Soviet rural development. The second part of the article presents the features of the post-Soviet period in the life of the village, mainly based on the data of field expeditions to the Russian Non-Black Earth regions in 2004-2008. And, finally, the third part of the article summarizes the author’s first impressions and some results of the 2019 field expeditions and identifies permanent challenges for rural entrepreneurs. For instance, in almost every rural area of the Russian Non-Black Earth regions, one can meet farmers who strive to create a family business but are forced to take numerous tricks to achieve their goal, as if proving M. Certeau theory of resistance of the “weak” to the “strong”.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):787-799
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Social dimension of students’ problems under the development of the contemporary university infrastructure

Puzanova Z.V., Larina T.I.


Improving the quality of students’ life is an important task for every university and the educational system as a whole, which fits into the aims of the studies of the social dimension of students’ life. To solve this task, the study of students’ problems is a priority, while the second step can be the creation of university structures that would solve these problems effectively. The article presents an ideal model of the consulting center that can solve such problems. The authors conducted four focus groups in the RUDN University with students of different courses from different countries, and used projective techniques and group discussions to identify models of the consulting center, departments that it should consist of, and qualities of employees working in these departments. The general model of the consulting center includes an information department as its ‘core’ responsible for the distribution of students’ requests to necessary departments; IT department (site, corporate mail, etc.); department of social support (scholarships, financial support, etc.); residence department (registration, dormitory, etc.); department of science and education (grants, competitions, etc.); student committee (leisure). The students prefer to receive all necessary information online, by phone and also in person. The preferred social network for information is Facebook - for foreigners - and VK (Vkontakte) - for Russian students. The students also mentioned three main languages for distribution of information - Russian, English and Chinese. The focus-groups allowed to find out that although some necessary units designed to solve students’ problems already exist, they do not actually solve them due to bureaucratic or other reasons. Therefore, the proposed model of the consulting center can be an effective management solution ‘from the bottom’ that would help the university to communicate with students and to understand their real needs.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):800-813
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Psychological-medical-pedagogical commissions in the context of inclusive education: Key evaluation indicators

Vakorina L.Y., Prikhodko O.G., Yugova O.V.


The education of children with disabilities is one of the priorities of the Russian social-economic development. The article considers the current issues in the organization of the activities of the psychological-medical-pedagogical commissions (hereinafter - PMPC) that provide comprehensive support for children with disabilities and act as the first stage in the process that determines the further individual educational route of each child. The article presents the results of the monitoring of the Federal Resource Center (hereinafter - FRC PMPC) created in April 2018 to provide organizational-methodological assistance to the managers and specialists of the PMPC; comparative data on the central and territorial PMPCs, their total number by regions (including its growth as compared to 2017), staff, managers’ education, place of work and premises; the total number of children examined and their age, the ratio of primary and secondary examinations, their reasons and who initiated them; information on the children who were examined, have limited health abilities and need special educational facilities or special conditions for passing the state final certification; the share of children to whom adapted educational programs were recommended. The authors describe activities of the commissions’ specialists, principles and methods of their teamwork, and identify aspects of the PMPC activities that need to be improved: the deficit of sign language teachers, visual impairment specialists and doctors, and PMPC’ insufficient equipment for conducting examinations.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):814-824
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Sociological lectures

The concept of social identity: Basic research approaches

Podvoyskiy D.G., Soleimani S.


Identity is one of the most complex and multidimensional terms of social sciences and humanities, which attracts attention of many intellectuals and researchers. We are social beings; thus, we have social identities. Our social life is impossible without a framework and basis for developing social and individual identities - without them no one can build meaningful or consistent relationships with other people. Social identity as the basis for identifying socially significant “similarities” and “differences” between individual and collective actors allows for continuous communication and sustainable interaction in the community. Explanations of social identity and factors influencing its cannot be limited to any theory or scientific school. Thus, the authors study the concept of social identity as defined by theories of macro- and micro-levels, and also by theories of social order and integration. The article starts with the macro-sociology theorists E. Durkheim and M. Castells and considers such concepts as “mechanical solidarity”, “organic solidarity”, “legitimizing identity”, “resistance identity” and “project identity”. The authors consider the views of representatives of the symbolic interactionism focusing on the concepts of “self” and “mind”, primarily in the theory of G.H. Mead; the ideas of Ch.H. Cooley based on the concepts of “looking-glass self” and “primary group”; the works of M. Rosenberg devoted to “self-concept”; the theories of H. Tajfel and A. Giddens describing identity and its varieties; and, finally, the views of P. Bourdieu and R. Jenkins. The authors conduct a kind of the preliminary comparison of the mentioned approaches to identify the features of their theoretical argumentation and the role of ‘identity’ in the theory of social order and theoretical-methodological dilemma ‘subject-structure’.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):825-834
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Reviews and Essays

Happiness and heroism, personal and collective as main elements of the ‘bright future’ in the Soviet (non)utopia

Trotsuk I.V., Subbotina M.V.


The article is a review-reflection on the book by I. Kaspe In Alliance with Utopia. Semantic Frontiers of the Late Soviet Culture (Moscow: New Literary Review; 2018. 432 p.). Despite the fact that the title emphasizes the word ‘utopia’, the author prefers a broad interpretation of the ‘utopian’ concept - as a kind of conceptual context which serves as a framework that makes ‘ultimate’ meanings and values of the Soviet culture (socialism) as if ‘visible’. It may seem strange at first glance, but actually these meanings and values concentrate ‘around’ different interpretations of heroism and happiness. The article reconstructs the author’s narrative logic together with the formal structure of the book, which helps the author to prove to readers (with varying degrees of credibility) the heuristic potential of utopia as an analytical research metaphor. In particular, from the first to the final parts of the book (and the author honestly informs readers in the beginning that the book is a collection of the revised articles that were published previously, but later were adapted for the task of the historical-phenomenological analysis of the perception of utopia and combined into four thematic sections) the author develops her own concept of utopia focusing rather on different attitudes to the utopian thinking than on different interpretations of utopia in different historical periods.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):835-848
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Sociological potential of political scientists’ analytical tools

Kargina I.G.


The article is a review of the book Contemporary Political Science: Methodolog y (edited by O.V. Gaman-Golutvina and A.I. Nikitin. Moscow: Aspect Press; 2019. 776 p.) which aims at assessing the interpretative potential of political science methodology for sociology. The author believes that the book opens up new horizons for cooperation of political science and sociology for it expands the range of methodological optics, encourages the formulation of new tasks for sociological analysis, allows to rethink the current challenges of the contemporary world in an interdisciplinary perspective and to more accurately conceptualize through the political analysis the topics relevant to contemporary sociology, and also shows how a number of theoretical approaches and paradigms of political science can be used in sociology.

RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):849-857
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Rotman D.G. celebrates the 75th anniversary

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RUDN Journal of Sociology. 2019;19(4):858-859
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