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It is a commonplace to say that voluntary associations in Russia, and Russian collective action more generally, do not fulfill the requirements of democratic political culture (Evans 2002). They allegedly fail to promote generalized reciprocity (Putnam 1995). This form of reciprocity means that the involvement is open to all who fulfill a general criterion related to a concern or a cause, that those who enter the association are equal as bearers of this quality, and that they are detached from other ties in pursuing common objectives (Gellner 1995). Anna Colin Lebedev’s book about Soldiers’ Mothers seems to confirm this pessimistic view.
Soldiers’ Mothers, Social Movements, Associations, Civic Action in Russia, Defence of Rights, Care, Orders of Worth
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