Leontyeva Elvira

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  • 3, 2017

    • Informal Economy: a Model Kit.(Barsukova S.Yu. Essay on the Informal Economy, or 16 Shades of Gray. 2nd edition. M.: The Higher School of Economics Publishing House, 2017)

      E.Leontyeva highly praises S.Barsukova’s book and believes that the book is extremely useful for political scientists who are trying to understand the organization of political reality that falls outside the sphere of attention of the traditional Political Science. The book is organized as a series of essays devoted to the most famous concepts of informality. It represents an independent composition that puts all analyzed researchers and their ideas into a single semantic field rather than a mere collection of reviews. The author treats this semantic field as a panoramic vision of the informal economy, in which individual fragments, sorted out on the basis of the reviewed books, become the fundamental “bricks” of the construction. As a result, we can see the gradual “manifestation” of informality, which is usually hidden not only from the eyes of a man in the street or a policy maker, but also those of a researcher.

  • 1, 2010


      The article is devoted to the analysis of the specificity of the “corruption” concept in the modern Russian society. After emphasizing those practices that the mass consciousness marks as corruption and analyzing the stable stereotypes that determine different social groups’ attitudes towards corruption actions, E.Leontyeva draws the conclusion that the process of corruption becoming an acute social problem is a symptom of more fundamental processes tied to the deep crisis of the “imagined community” rather than a diagnosis. Under such conditions when the concepts of “state”, “the people”, “nation” are becoming unclear and no longer can serve as the efficient social integrators, the social practices based on the personal ties, friendship, kinship, etc. appear to be much more successive than those institutionally approved. Therefore, one intends to reduce the “big” community and its communication forms to the “small” one, within which corruption is not being perceived and traced by the participants of the cooperation. The author posits it is this process that accounts for the ambivalent perception of the very phenomenon of corruption.