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DetailsThis book is a comprehensive study of the social roots of citizen raising in contemporary Russia. It traces the development of governmental patriotic programs in recent decades, discusses how the Soviet past and political traditions influence today’s system of patriotism formation, and presents numerous examples illustrating real-life processes in current patriotic education. While the topics of patriotism and patriotic education are highly politicized, this study approaches them from a sociological perspective. It identifies the basic model of patriotic education as a fairly stable structure born of the values and attitudes of different agents: teachers, school administrators, and civil servants. Patriotic education in Russia is shown as a particular example of how a political idea can lead to the formation of social structures, and how, in time, those social structures can lead to the restoration of the original political idea.
About the authorAnna Sanina, Cand. Sc. (St. Petersburg State University), is Associate Professor of Public Administration at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Sanina has been the initiator and principal investigator of several projects on social aspects of the Russian political system, the formation of a Russian national idea, political behavior in social media, and city governance. In 2015, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Indiana University, USA. Her works were published in, among other outlets, the Journal of Eurasian Studies; Discourse, Context & Media; and Forum: Qualitative Social Research.
The author of the foreword:
Dr. Anna Oldfield is Associate Professor of World Literature at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC.
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Stimmen zum Buch“This book is the first sociological study of patriotic education in Russia, a major topic to understand contemporary Russia and the complex relationship between the state and the society. Sanina offers a comprehensive approach of many different aspects and actors of this massive trend of 'patriotizing' the Russian society. A must-read book for all those following ideological evolutions of Russia.”—Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
“The book effectively demonstrates the myriad ways in which contemporary Russian patriotism is constructed in parallel with the official ideological picture. It is an important contribution to the field of sociological research focusing on the system of Russian patriotic education.”—Sarah D. Phillips, Indiana University
“Aiming to provide a new formal perspective of the Russian patriotic education, this book includes field research results of different agents of the Russian patriotism, such as regional and local authorities, schoolteachers, students and youth leaders. It gives a lot of illustration from the contemporary Russian life, as well as a lot of interesting quotations, questions and dialogs.”—Markku Kangaspuro, University of Helsinki
“Sanina offers a genuinely significant insight into the dynamics of patriotic education in contemporary Russia. This book is an important and original contribution to scholarship with its empirical research on the role of social agents in the development of patriotic education in post-Soviet Russia.”—Europe-Asia Studies, Issue 70/9, 2018
“The study relies on extensive and diverse sources, ranging from official documents and textbooks to social survey data and, most importantly, interviews with various insiders, such as secondary and high school teachers responsible for the implementation of the patriotic education policy.”—Slavic Review, Summer 2019