The Wild East: Crime and Lawlessness in Post-communist Russia (Google eBook)

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M.E. Sharpe, 1998 - History - 191 pages
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A provocative analysis of the problem of all-pervasive corruption and surging violent crime in last Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Victor Sergeyev asks how it is possible to label and control certain behaviors as deviant in a context where the legal and moral-ethical norms of a collapsed regime have been discredited but not replaced -- particularly when the elite of that failed regime, in league with a patently criminal element, is thriving in the new chaos.
  

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The title of the book shouldn't mislead you. Yes, the book is utimately focused on analysing the phenomenon of the organised crime in USSR and post-soviet Russia, however its actual value for the reader goes far beyond.
In order to build the framwork for analysis Sergeyev turns to philosophy, cognitive studies, game theory and ethology (among other things) to understand how we actually address the issues of lagality and crime, how things move from being illegal to being normal. It is full of startling insights and is a must-read for anyone interested not only in crime and punishment issues but eager to understand the very nature of social change.
 

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Contents

Law and Order Political Interpretations
3
The Meaning of Law
9
Law Crime and Man in European Culture Theoretical Considerations
19
Rationality and New Psychology
30
Ethology and Deviant Behavior
36
Collective Behavior in Gray Zones
41
Prisoners Dilemma
44
Organizations Versus Movements
50
Gray Zones Within the Legal Process
79
The Formation of Public Discourse on Crime in PresentDay Russia
92
Criminal Communities in Russia
101
Ethnic Criminal Communities
108
The Problem of Corruption
111
Gray Zone in the Economy
121
Financial Companies
134
Privatization
141

Three Colors of Revolution
55
Pink Revolution
57
White Revolution
63
Black Revolution
67
NEW SOCIAL PHENOMENA AND CRIME IN POSTCOMMUNIST RUSSIA
71
Social Change Legislation and Crime in the USSR and Russia
73
The New Russians the State and Civil Society
153
The Wild East
165
Notes
169
Index
183
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