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