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Fragile Conviction
Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan
Mathijs Pelkmans
Ethnographically rooted in the everyday life of a former mining town in southern Kyrgyzstan, Fragile Conviction shows how residents have dealt with the existential and epistemic crises that arose after the collapse of the Soviet Empire



Gangs of Russia
From the Streets to the Corridors of Power
Svetlana Stephenson
Using in-depth interviews with gang members, law enforcers, and residents in the city of Kazan, together with analyses of historical and sociological accounts from across Russia, Svetlana Stephenson presents the history of gangs in Russia both before and after the arrival of market capitalism.



The Gumilev Mystique
Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia
Mark Bassin
In The Gumilev Mystique, Mark Bassin investigates the complex structure of Lev Gumilev's theories, revealing how they reflected and helped shape a variety of academic as well as political and social discourses in the USSR, and he traces how his authority has grown yet greater across the former Soviet Union.



Housing the New Russia
Jane R. Zavisca
Jane R. Zavisca examines Russia's attempts to transition from a socialist vision of housing, in which the government promised a separate, state-owned apartment for every family, to a market-based and mortgage-dependent model of home ownership.



How Russia Really Works
The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business
Alena V. Ledeneva
Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s.



Identity in Formation
The Russian-Speaking Populations in the New Abroad
David D. Laitin
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, nationality groups have claimed sovereignty in the new republics bearing their names. With the ascendance of these nationalities, Russian speakers living in the post-Soviet republics face a radical crisis of identity. That crisis is at the heart of David D. Laitin's book.



Is Russia a European Power?
The Position of Russia in a New Europe
What place Russia will take in the new Europe. Will Russia act as a full-fledged European partner? Or is there a risk that Russia might be isolated?



Jews and the Imperial State
Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia
Eugene M. Avrutin
"This absorbing book is a fine contribution to the growing literature on official identification and the administrative life of the state, including its characteristic product, the paper document."—Jane Caplan, University of Oxford



Khrushchev's Cold Summer
Gulag Returnees, Crime, and the Fate of Reform after Stalin
Miriam Dobson
"This outstanding book examines the return of prisoners from the Gulag in the Soviet Union during the first decade after the death of Stalin."—Choice



Kremlin Capitalism
Privatizing the Russian Economy
Joseph R. Blasi, Maya Kroumova, Douglas Kruse
The first book to describe Russia's massive economic transformation for an American audience, Kremlin Capitalism provides a wealth of data and analyses not previously available in this country. The authors articulate the political and economic goals...



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