Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals

Old Faith and the Russian Land: A Historical Ethnography of Ethics in the Urals

by Douglas Rogers
     
 

The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town over three centuries. The town of Sepych was settled in the late seventeenth century by religious dissenters who fled to the forests of the Urals to escape a world they believed to be in the clutches of the Antichrist. Factions

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The Old Faith and the Russian Land is a historical ethnography that charts the ebbs and flows of ethical practice in a small Russian town over three centuries. The town of Sepych was settled in the late seventeenth century by religious dissenters who fled to the forests of the Urals to escape a world they believed to be in the clutches of the Antichrist. Factions of Old Believers, as these dissenters later came to be known, have maintained a presence in the town ever since. The townspeople of Sepych have also been serfs, free peasants, collective farmers, and, now, shareholders in a post-Soviet cooperative. Douglas Rogers traces connections between the town and some of the major transformations of Russian history, showing how townspeople have responded to a long series of attempts to change them and their communities: tsarist-era efforts to regulate family life and stamp out Old Belief on the Stroganov estates, Soviet collectivization drives and antireligious campaigns, and the marketization, religious revival, and ongoing political transformations of post-Soviet times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801475207
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/22/2009
Series:
Culture and Society after Socialism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Note on Translation, Transliteration, and Names xvii

Introduction: Ethics, Russia, History 1

Part I An Ethical Repertoire

1 In Search of Salvation on the Stroganov Estates 35

2 Faith, Family, and Land after Emancipation 71

Part II The Generations and Ethics of Socialism

3 Youth: Exemplars of Rural Socialism 107

4 Elders: Christian Ascetics in the Soviet Countryside 147

Part III Struggles to Shape an Emergent Ethical Regime

5 New Risks and Inequalities in the Household Sector 193

6 Which Khoziain? Whose Moral Community? 222

7 Society, Culture, and the Churching of Sepych 246

8 Separating Post-Soviet Worlds? Priestly Baptisms and Priestless Funerals 269

Epilogue 302

Bibliography 307

Index 329

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