Cultural and Political Imaginaries in Putin’s Russia scholars scrutinise developments in official symbolical, cultural and social policies as well as the contradictory trajectories of important cultural, social and intellectual trends in Russian society after the year 2000. Engaging experts on Russia from several academic fields, the book offers case studies on the vicissitudes of cultural policies, political ideologies and imperial visions, on memory politics on the grassroot as well as official levels, and on the links between political and national imaginaries and popular culture in fields as diverse as fashion design and pro-natalist advertising. Contributors are Niklas Bernsand, Lena Jonson, Ekaterina Kalinina, Natalija Majsova, Olga Malinova, Alena Minchenia, Elena Morenkova-Perrier, Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, Andrei Rogatchevski, Tomas Sniegon, Igor Torbakov, Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, and Yuliya Yurchuk.
Niklas Bernsand, researcher, Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. His main research interests concern memory, cultural diversity and language in Ukraine. Barbara Törnquist-Plewa, Ph. D. (1992), Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. She has published extensively on nationalism, identity and collective memories, including
The Twentieth Century in European Memory (Brill 2017), and
Whose Memory? Which Future? Remembering Ethnic Cleansing And Lost Cultural Diversity in Eastern, Central and Southeastern Europe (Berghahn 2016).
The book is intended for specialists as well as for undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of politics, culture and society in Russia and other Post-Soviet countries, cultural policy, memory, history, Putin, ideology, nationalism, political regimes, elites, grassroots, Post-Soviet politics, social media, social movements, intellectual history, and imperial visions.