Vadim Radaev and Zoya Kotelnikova, eds. The Ambivalence of Power in the Twenty-First Century Economy: Cases from Russia and Beyond. London: UCL Press, 2022
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Power, Economy, Ambivalence, Sociology, Russia, the Twenty-First Century
The book The Ambivalence of Power in the Twenty-First Century Economy: Cases from Russia and Beyond is an edited volume and is published as a part of the UCL FRINGE series, edited by Alena Ledeneva and Peter Zusi. Ambivalence here is a methodological perspective through which the contributors to the volume analyze the relation between power and economy. In the preface to the volume, Ledeneva presents the roots of the ambivalence as a concept. She shows that ambivalence was first introduced in psychology, where it was taken as contradictory affective orientations within the same person (Bleuler  1950). Then, it was borrowed by sociologists (e.g., Merton 1976), who imply that ambivalence is embedded in social and power relations and thus it might be a fruitful unit of sociological analysis. Nowadays the concept is widely used by sociologists (Arribas-Ayllon and Bartlett 2014; Carolan 2010; Hillcoat-Nallétamby and Phillips 2011).
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