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The Gumilev Mystique
Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia
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...
Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia
Through an ethnography of social and spatial practice at the limits of the state, this book explores the contested work of producing and policing "territorial integrity" when significant stretches of new international borders remain to be conclusively demarcated or effectively policed.
Not Quite Shamans
Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia
An ethnography of recent societal transformations in Mongolia and their impact on local belief systems.
The Old Faith and the Russian Land
A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals
The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town, Sepych, over three...
Needed by Nobody
Homelessness and Humanness in Post-Socialist Russia
This book offers a nuanced portrait of homelessness in St. Petersburg. Based on ethnographic work at railway stations, soup kitchens, and other places where the homeless gather, it describes the material and mental world of this marginalized population.
The Captive and the Gift
Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus
Bruce Grant explores the long relationship between Russia and the Caucasus and the means by which sovereignty has been exercised in this contested area.
The Patriotism of Despair
Nation, War, and Loss in Russia
Examines the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, graphically described in spray paint by a graffiti artist in Barnaul: "We have no Motherland." Once socialism disappeared as a way of understanding the world, what replaced it in people's minds?
Sex and Violence in Contemporary Russian Popular Culture
Borenstein argues that the popular cultural products consumed in the post-perestroika era were more than just diversions; they allowed Russians to indulge their despair over economic woes and everyday...
Communities of the Converted
Ukrainians and Global Evangelism
After decades of official atheism, a religious renaissance swept through much of the former Soviet Union beginning in the late 1980s. The Calvinist-like austerity and fundamentalist ethos that had evolved among sequestered and frequently...
How Russia Really Works
The Informal Practices That Shaped Post-Soviet Politics and Business
Ledeneva explores practices in politics, business, media, and the legal sphere in Russia in the 1990s.