In the post-Soviet period morality became a debatable concept, open to a multitude of expressions and performances. From Russian Orthodoxy to Islam, from shamanism to Protestantism, religions of various kinds provided some of the first possible alternative moral discourses and practices after the end of the Soviet system. This influence remains strong today. Within the Russian context, religion and morality intersect in such social domains as the relief of social suffering, the interpretation of history, the construction and reconstruction of traditions, individual and social health, and business practices. The influence of religion is also apparent in the way in which the Russian Orthodox Church increasingly acts as the moral voice of the government. The wide-ranging topics in this ethnographically based volume show the broad religious influence on both discursive and everyday moralities. The contributors reveal that although religion is a significant aspect of the various assemblages of morality, much like in other parts of the world, religion in postsocialist Russia cannot be separated from the political or economic or transnational institutional aspects of morality.
Jarrett Zigon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of Morality: An Anthropological Perspective (2008), Making the New Post-Soviet Person: Moral Experience in Contemporary Moscow (2010), and HIV is God's Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia (2011). His articles can be found in Anthropological Theory, Ethnos, and Ethos among other journals.
List of Illustrations PART I: INTRODUCTIONS Chapter 1. Multiple Moralities: discourses, practices, and breakdowns in post-Soviet Russia Jarrett Zigon Chapter 2. Exploring Russian Religiosity as a Source of Morality Today Alexander Agadjanian PART II: MULTIPLE MORALITIES Chapter 3. Post-Soviet Orthodoxy in the making: strategies for continuity thinking among Russian middle-aged school teachers Agata adykowska Chapter 4. The Politics of Rightness: Social Justice among Russia's Christian Communities Melissa L. Caldwell Chapter 5. An Ethos of Relatedness: Foreign Aid and Grassroots Charitiesin Two Orthodox Parishes in North-Western Russia Detelina Tocheva Chapter 6. New times, new virtues? The construction of morality in post-war Chechnya Ieva Raubisko Chapter 7. Morality, Utopia, Discipline: New Religious Movements and Soviet Culture Alexander A. Panchenko Chapter 8. Constructing Moralities around the Tsarist Family Kathy Rousselet Chapter 9. St Xenia as a Patron of Female Social Suffering: An Essay on Anthropological Hagiology Jeanne Kormina and Sergey Shtyrkov Chapter 10. Built with Gold or Tears? Moral Discourses on Church Construction and the Role of Entrepreneurial Donations Tobias Kollner Afterword: Multiple Moralities, Multiple Secularisms Catherine Wanner Notes on Contributors Bibliography Index