ABSTRACT

In this book the expert international contributors attempt to answer questions such as: How far is it possible to attribute change in contemporary Russia as due to cultural factors? How does the process of change in cultural institutions reflect the general development of Russia? Are there certain philosophical ideas that explain the Russian interpretation of a modern state?

This edited volume elaborates on processes of Russian modernisation regarding a wide range of factors, including the use of modern technology, elements of civil society, a reliable legal system, high levels of education, equality among citizens, freedom of speech, religion and trade. The main focus is on the Putin era but historical backgrounds are also discussed, adding context. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of research fields from philosophy and political ideas to gender issues, language, the education system, and the position of music as a constituent of modern identity.

Throughout the book the chapters are written so as to introduce experts from other fields to new perspectives on Russian modernisation, and de-modernisation, processes. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and scholars in Philosophy, Politics, IR, Music and Cultural Studies, and, of course, Russian studies.

chapter |6 pages

Introduction

ByKATJA LEHTISAARI, ARTO MUSTAJOKI

chapter 1|13 pages

Dimensions of Russian culture and mind

ByTATIANA LARINA, ARTO MUSTAJOKI, EKATERINA PROTASSOVA

chapter 2|12 pages

Kant and Russian idealism: A litmus test of modernisation

ByVESA OITTINEN

chapter 3|12 pages

Soviet modernisation and its legacies from the perspective of civilisational analysis MIKHAIL MASLOVSKII

Edited ByKatja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki

chapter 7|13 pages

Universities for modernising Russia YURY ZARETSKIY

Edited ByKatja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki

chapter 10|13 pages

Cultural barriers of the Russian modernisation

ByNADEZHDA LEBEDEVA

chapter 11|14 pages

‘New women’ modernising Russia KIRSTI EKONEN† AND IRINA IUKINA

Edited ByKatja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki

chapter 12|12 pages

Public discussion on information society in Russia KATJA LEHTISAARI

Edited ByKatja Lehtisaari, Arto Mustajoki

chapter 13|16 pages

Preconditions for Russian modernisation: A media analysis

ByVEERA LAINE, ARTO MUSTAJOKI