Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies

Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies

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In the post-Soviet environment of expanded civil freedom with great everyday uncertainty, unhappiness, injustice, and suffering, religious organizations and beliefs in Russia and Eurasia face numerous opportunities and intense challenges. Based on recent research and interdisciplinary methodologies, this volume examines how religious organizations and individuals engage the changing and troubled environment in which they live. The contributions investigate not just Russian Orthodoxy, but also Old Belief, Judaism, Islam, Buriat shamanism, and Catholicism. Among the important questions considered are how religion addresses problems of charity, memory, justice, community, morality, nationalism, democracy, and civil liberties.show more

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  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 22mm | 539.77g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 8 b&w photos
  • 0253220386
  • 9780253220387
  • 1,667,014

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WASHINGTON-Woodrow Wilson Center Press has published a new book, Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies, edited by Mark D. Steinberg and Catherine Wanner. It is copublished with Indiana University Press. In the post-Soviet environment of expanded civil freedom, there is still great everyday uncertainty, unhappiness, injustice, and suffering, and religious organizations and beliefs in Russia and Eurasia face numerous opportunities and intense challenges. Based on recent research and interdisciplinary methodologies, this volume examines how religious organizations and individuals engage the changing and troubled environment in which they live. The contributions investigate not just Russian Orthodoxy, but also Old Belief, Judaism, Islam, Buriat shamanism, and Catholicism. Among the important questions considered are how religion addresses problems of charity, memory, justice, community, morality, nationalism, democracy, and civil liberties. "The authors contribute fresh field, archival, and literature research, updating aspects of the nexus of religion and politics in the post-Soviet region...The scholarship is impressive."-Marjorie Balzer, Georgetown University "The chapters in this volume represent the 'leading edge' of research in the field."-Serhii Plokhii, University of Alberta Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and editor of Slavic Review. Catherine Wanner is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University.WILSON QUARTERLY, October 27, 2008 "The authors contribute fresh field, archival, and literature research, updating aspects of the nexus of religion and politics in the post-Soviet region... The scholarship is impressive." -Marjorie Balzer, Georgetown University "The essays are sympathetic and insightful analyses, from the perspectives of their disciplines. One can learn... about the role of religion in shaping the ethos of societies where the dominant ideology has broken down." -MISSIOLOGY: Intnl Review, #41 April 2009 "The chapters in this volume represent the 'leading edge' of research in the field." -Serhii Plokhii, University of Alberta "Each of the contributions provides interesting reading and a vivid description of religion and morality in post-Soviet transition, through the prism of Soviet legacies (state atheism and Soviet modernity), transition to capitalism, expansive nationalism and increased globalisation." -ALEXANDER TYMCZUK, University of Oslo, Europe - Asia Studies, Volume 62.1 Jan. 2010 "I regard the book as a highly important contribution to postsocialist studies and, due to its impressive comparative range, to the anthropology of religion as well, and it engages with a topic that is of paramount importance for understanding Russia, past and present." -Slavic Review, Spring 2010 "Social scientists have been devoting more attention to the topic of religion in recent years, and this volume represents an important interdisciplinary contribution to this area of study... [The essays] present a variety of thoughtfully researched and illuminating stories about the ways that religion is embedded into social life in the former Soviet Union." -The Russian Review, Vol. 69.2f "[T]his volume makes a very timely and well researched contribution to the discussion of religion and politics in the former Soviet Union." -SEER "[A] very welcome addition to the literature on postsocialist transformation." -Ethos "[R]eligion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies is a required read for scholars interested in the roles of religion, democracy, and community in post-Soviet societies." -Politics and Religionshow more

About Mark D. Steinberg

Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and editor of Slavic Review. He is editor (with Heather J. Coleman) of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (IUP, 2007).Catherine Wanner is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is author of Communities of the Converted: Ukrainians and Global Evangelism.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Reclaiming the Sacred After Communism1. To Save the World or to Renounce It: Modes of Moral Action in Russian OrthodoxyScott M. Kenworthy2. The Freezing of Historical Memory? The Post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church and the Council of 1917Irina Papkova3. Aleksandra Vladimirovna: Moral Narratives of a Russian Orthodox WomanJarrett Zigon 4. Old Belief Between "Society" and "Culture": Remaking Moral Communities and Inequalities on a Former State FarmDouglas Rogers5. Communities of Mourning: Mountain Jewish Laments in Azerbaijan and on the InternetSascha Goluboff6. Social Welfare and Christian Welfare: Who Gets Saved in Post-Soviet Russian Charity Work?Melissa L. Caldwell7. Shamanic Transformations: Buriat Shamans as Mediators of Multiple Worlds Katherine Metzo8. Fearing Islam in Uzbekistan: Islamic Tendencies, Extremist Violence, and Authoritarian SecularismRussell Zanca9. Religious Freedom in Russia: The Putin YearsZoe Knox10. Afterword: Policy Implications of the Research and AnalysisFurther Readingshow more