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Youth Politics in Putin's Russia

9780253017727: Hardback
Release Date: 14th September 2015

9780253017796: Paperback
Release Date: 14th September 2015

10 b&w illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 276

Series New Anthropologies of Europe

Indiana University Press

Youth Politics in Putin's Russia

Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs

Hardback / £62.00
Paperback / £22.99

Julie Hemment provides a fresh perspective on the controversial nationalist youth projects that have proliferated in Russia in the Putin era, examining them from the point of view of their participants and offering provocative insights into their origins and significance. The pro-Kremlin organization Nashi ("Ours") and other state-run initiatives to mobilize Russian youth have been widely reviled in the West, seen as Soviet throwbacks and evidence of Russia’s authoritarian turn. By contrast, Hemment’s detailed ethnographic analysis finds an astute global awareness and a paradoxical kinship with the international democracy-promoting interventions of the 1990s. Drawing on Soviet political forms but responding to 21st-century disenchantments with the neoliberal state, these projects seek to produce not only patriots, but also volunteers, entrepreneurs, and activists.

1. Collaborative Possibilities, New Cold War Constraints: Ethnography in the Putin Era
2. Nashi in Ideology and Practice: The Social Life of Sovereign Democracy
3. Seliger 2009: "Commodify Your Talent"
4. From Komsomoltsy-Dobrovoltsy to Entrepreneurial Volunteers: Technologies of Kindness
5. "Arousing" Patriotism: Satire, Sincerity, and Geopolitical Play

Julie Hemment is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts and author of Empowering Women in Russia: Activism, Aid, and NGOs (IUP, 2007).