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Religion and patriotism in Russia Christianity

The field of post-Soviet religious studies is growing, as the recently mentioned books continue to show. Here is another recently published scientific collection: Religion, Expression and Patriotism in Russia: Essays on Post-Soviet Society and the State, eds. Kaarina Aitamurto, Sanna Turoma and Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover (Ibidem Press, 2019), 220 pages.

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Legislative acts on religion, sexuality and culture were introduced in Russia in the 2010s, leading to protests. They politicized areas of life that are commonly perceived as private and that are expected to not be controlled by the state. As a result, political activism and radical grassroots movements engulfed many Russians in controversy about religion and culture, and polarized public opinion in the capitals and regions alike.

This volume contains seven case studies dealing with the politics of religion and culture in today’s Russia. The contributions highlight the diversity of Russian religious communities and cultural practices by causing Hasidic-Jewish identity, popular culture promoted by the Orthodox Church, literary mobilization of the National Bolshevik Party, film narratives of the Chechen wars, militarization of political orthodoxy and the like analyze moral debates of opera as well as film productions. The authors draw on a variety of theoretical approaches and methods, including opinion polls, ethnological field research, narrative analysis, Foucault’s conceptualization of biofuels, cataclysmic politics and sociological theories of desecularization.

The authors of the volume are Sanna Turoma, Kaarina Aitamurto, Tomi Huttunen, Susan Ikonen, Boris Knorre, Irina Kotkina, Jussi Lassila, Andrey Makarychev, Elena Ostrovskaya and Mikhail Suslov.

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