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The Slave Soul of Russia: Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering

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Why, asks Daniel Rancour-Laferriere in this controversial book, has Russia been a country of suffering? Russian history, religion, folklore, and literature are rife with suffering. The plight of Anna Karenina, the submissiveness of serfs in the 16th and 17th centuries, ancient religious tracts emphasizing humility as the mother of virtues, the trauma of the Bolshevik revolution, the current economic upheavals wracking the country-- these are only a few of the symptoms of what The Slave Soul of Russia identifies as a veritable cult of suffering that has been centuries in the making. Bringing to light dozens of examples of self-defeating activities and behaviors that have become an integral component of the Russian psyche, Rancour-Laferriere convincingly illustrates how masochism has become a fact of everyday life in Russia. Until now, much attention has been paid to the psychology of Russia's leaders and their impact on the country's condition. Here, for the first time, is a compelling portrait of the Russian people's psychology.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814776605
Subtitle:
Moral Masochism and the Cult of Suffering
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
Rancour-Laferriere, Daniel
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
SOVIET UNION_SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS
Subject:
RUSSIA (FEDERATION)_CIVILIZATION
Subject:
EUROPEAN HISTORY (I. E., OTHER THAN BRITAIN AND IRELAND)_RUSSIA
Subject:
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY_RUSSIA
Subject:
ANTHROPOLOGY_RUSSIA
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Subject:
Russia (Federation) Civilization.
Subject:
Self-destructive behavior -- Russia (Federation)
Subject:
National characteristics, russian
Subject:
Masochism
Subject:
Self-destructive behavior
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Psychopathology - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
NATIONAL
Subject:
CHARACTERISTICS, RUSSIAN
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19961001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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