Is it necessary to abandon civil society?

Is it necessary to abandon civil society?

Myasnikov A.G.

Penza State University, Penza, Russia

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Myasnikov A.G. Is it necessary to abandon civil society?. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2016. No 3. P. 141-148


The article presents a critique of S.G. Kirdina institutional matrices theory according to which “civil society” is an ideologeme of West-European civilization not suitable for Russian society with its dominating X-matrix. An attempt to replace theory of “civil society” by a concept of “civic participation” is also exposed to criticism. Arguments are presented to protect institutions of private property and economic freedom as fundamental factors for the accelerated modernization of traditional X-societies, including the Russian one. The risks associated with the targeted increase of collectivist ideology and restriction of economic freedom in the Russian society are considered.

civil society; civil participation; Х-Y institutional matrices; Russia; private property; power vertical; economic freedom
Content No 3, 2016