Dedovshchina in the Post-Soviet Military. Hazing of Russian Army Conscripts in a Comparative Perspective

With a foreword by Dale Herspring

Dedovshchina in the Post-Soviet Military. Hazing of Russian Army Conscripts in a Comparative Perspective
With a foreword by Dale Herspring

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In contemporary armies, violence among soldiers seems to be a universal phenomenon found in both professional and drafted armies. However, the comparison of violent practices in various armies around the world allows us to identify specific features linked to those countries' sociological, political or anthropological contexts. Hazing, for example, seems to be more violent in the armies of transitional societies (Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America), where social tensions encountered by citizens in their daily lives are carried over to, and sometimes intensified in, the military. The comparison of Russian dedovshchina with the situation in other countries makes it possible to identify universal, transitional and national characteristics of military violence. Contents: Konstantin Bannikov on the consequences of the spread throughout society of archaic violence produced by the Russian army; Anna Colin Lebedev on the perception of military violence in Russian society; Anton Oleynik on informal relationships among prisoners and conscripts; Kirill Podrabinek on the reasons of the prevalence of dedovshchina in the post-Soviet context; Igor Obraztsov on the historical roots of dedovshchina; Vadim Mikhailin on the role of language in the military milieu; Julie Elkner on the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers; Bakit Katchekeyev on hazing in the Kyrgyz army; Irakli Sesiashvili on hazing in the Georgian army; Hana Cervinkova on hazing in the Czech army; James Wither on bullying in the British army; Eduardo Paes-Machado & Carlos Linhares de Albuquerque on hazing in the Brazilian police; Joris Van Bladel on dedovshchina and the all-volunteer force.
The author

About the author

The editors: Françoise Daucé, PhD (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris), is Lecturer of Soviet History and Russian Politics at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand. Her papers have appeared in Critique Internationale, Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest and Hérodote. She is the author of L’État, l’armée et le citoyen en Russie post-soviétique (Paris: L’Harmattan 2001).
Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, PhD (University of Nanterre-Paris X), is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies (http// Her papers have appeared in Problèmes Politiques et Sociaux, Cultures & Conflits and Courrier des Pays de l’Est. She co-authored, with A. Toumarkine, Géopolitique de la mer Noire: Turquie et pays de l’ex-URSS (Paris: Karthala 2000).

The foreword author: Dr. Dale Herspring is Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University and member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Additional Information

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Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Dale Herspring
Editor Françoise Daucé, Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski, Andreas Umland
Number of pages 308
Language English
Publication date Mar 8, 2006
Weight (kg) 0.4260
ISBN-13 9783898216166