A gap in the law for ethical acts: Russian theories and practice of illiberal modern life

Lots has changed in Russia since Soviet times, but private rights are still non-absolute. Building on my recently published book, Gleaning for Communism, I argue that this baseline property relation presupposes and entails a particular moral economy, in which ethical obligations to social collectives are valued above a blind obedience to regulations and rules. People rely on their personal ties to make social ventures viable, often in irregular ways: these informal relations help keep a poorly legislated society functional, and they ground the state's ideological image in socially-situated relationships, giving concrete personification to such patriotic slogans as “we do not abandon our own.”

Departmental Seminar Series Trinity Term 2024

3.15pm, Fridays of Weeks 1-6. 

In person in the Lecture Room, 64 Banbury Road.

Convened by the Emptiness team