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ERIC Number: EJ778120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
The Expiration of the Intelligentsia's Social Role in Post-Soviet Russia
Ryvkina, R. V.
Russian Education and Society, v49 n7 p5-20 Jul 2007
Many people in Russia feel that the intelligentsia is on its way out. This is something that writers sense more keenly than anyone else. Symptomatic of this is the headline of an article by Daniil Granin published in the newspaper "Izvestia" on 5 November 1997: "The Russian Intellectual Is Going Away" [Russkii intelligent ukhodit]. There are two interpretations of the term "intelligentsia"--an intelligentsia that consists of individual people who think, and an intelligentsia as a social stratum of the population that is a part of "social stratification," meaning the aggregation of social strata that form Russian society as a whole. The former is the commonplace interpretation; the latter is the scientific meaning. In Russia today, the fate of these two meanings is different: although there are still "intellectual people" around, there is no longer an intelligentsia as a specific social stratum as it used to exist in the Soviet Union and prior to the Revolution of 1917. This does not mean that there are no longer any "intellectual people" in Russia, distinguished by their level of education, good breeding, and high morality. Certainly there are individuals who are intellectuals. But in the same way that "one swallow does not make a summer," the existence of even sizable numbers of intellectuals ["intellektualy"] (politicians, writers, actors, artists, scientists, doctors, schoolteachers, etc.) does not mean that they make up a particular social stratum in the structure of society. In this article, the author discusses the disappearance of the intelligentsia as a social stratum in post-Soviet Russia. (Contains 1 note.) [This article was supported by Russian Foundation for the Humanities.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Russia