Institute of Sociology
of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Maslovskiy M. Russia against Europe: a clash of interpretations of modernity? European Journal of Social Theory, 2019, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 533-547. DOI: 10.1177 ...



Maslovskiy M. Russia against Europe: a clash of interpretations of modernity? European Journal of Social Theory, 2019, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 533-547. DOI: 10.1177/1368431018768623
ISSN 1368-4310
DOI 10.1177/1368431018768623

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Abstract

This article argues that combining elements of the sociological theories of Johann Arnason and Peter Wagner can contribute to an understanding of the causes of the new Cold War on the European continent. Comparisons of todays confrontation between Russia and the West with the original Cold War are largely misleading since the Soviet model of modernity represented a radical alternative to its liberal western version. Unlike the original Cold War, the current ideological confrontation is not connected with a clash of different forms of modernity. Todays Russia lacks a clear civilizational identity and does not follow an alternative project of modernity. The recent conservative turn in Russian politics largely draws on a specific interpretation of European modernity.

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