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Representation and Self-Empowerment: Russian Street Protests, 2011–2012

Автор: Bikbov Alexander

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Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Philosophy and Social Sciences, Moscow State University. Address: 27–4 Lomonosovsky prospekt, GSP 1, 119991 Moscow, Russia E-mail:

The article introduces into forms of political and social represen¬tation specific to the recent Russian civil protests. The analysis is based on numerous interviews with protesters and observation of evolution of the movement. The data challenges the frequently ref¬erenced “crisis” of representation and bring to light a variety of coordination centers set in competition for a political mandate of the protest movement, as far as a vague will of a considerable part of protesters to be represented. Media coverage of the street rallies, including their global attribution to a “middle class,” is critically examined along with the protesters’ own statements and rallies agenda, in order to check the presence of an actual social or revolu¬tionary representation. The article reveals a break with apparatus and hegemonic models of collective action in current mobilization which provides it with new (in the Russian context) forms of politi¬cal subjectivity based on self-empowerment and self-trial.

Ключевые слова: street rallies; political protest; political representation; self-empowerment; revolutionary break; subjectivity; social classes; parties and parliament; political hegemony; direct democracy; common interest; utopia; sociological interview; social move¬me

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