By Michael Urban
In Russian politics trustworthy info is scarce, formal family members are of really little importance, and issues are seldom what they appear. using an unique idea of political language to narratives taken from interviews with 34 of Russia's major political figures, Michael city explores the ways that political actors build themselves with phrases. by way of tracing person narratives again to the discourses on hand to audio system, he identifies what can and can't be intelligibly stated in the bounds of the country's political tradition, after which files how elites depend on the private components of political discourse on the price of these addressed to the political group. city exhibits that this discursive orientation is congruent with social kin triumphing in Russia and is helping to account for the truth that, regardless of revolutions proclaiming democracy within the final century, Russia continues to be an authoritarian nation.
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Accordingly, there seems small purpose in treating “social capital” as a measurable individual characteristic connoting a propensity to trust unfamiliar others. Rather the utility of “capital” issues from social interaction and exchange. That is where “it” is present in a meaningful sense, in its disappearance and conversion into something else, especially into other forms of capital. forms of capital: forms of civil society Among contemporary thinkers engaged with the concept “capital” the work of Pierre Bourdieu has been seminal.
To be sure, interview subjects make positive mention of such things as laws and constitutions, but these are framed as benefactions performed by those in the political class for the sake of society. Their narratives never convey any systematic or sustained appreciation for law as either the expression of popular will or as a social regulator, as the medium in which conflicts can admit to both resolution and ongoing dispute, as the source of legitimation. This absence, then, is a significant “presence” in Russian politics, conditioning the overall, and incomplete, synthesis of political discourse.
Although this would represent a serious problem were individuals the focus of the study – namely, responses could not be measured because respondents were in fact not addressing the same questions – it facilitates an alternative research strategy concerned with the supra-individual phenomenon of discourse. Subjects’ interpretations of the open-ended questions, in this instance, represent an essential element of investigation because they signal the particular discourse(s) employed by the subjects in formulating their responses.