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Rationality and fatalism: meanings and labels in pre-revolutionary Russia

Daniel Bromley ()

Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, 2021, vol. 20, issue 1, No 8, 103-105

Abstract: Abstract Recent interest in the alleged rationality and fatalism of Russian peasants illustrates persistent tendencies to objectify certain social actors—and to assign normative labels to their vexing behavior. Sometimes those labels are demeaning. I call attention to this unpleasant tendency, and ask why some social actors attract our analytical interest, while other social actors escape such scrutiny. This disparity is particularly interesting when the two social actors are engaged in a setting where extractive power is present yet unnoticed.

Keywords: Russia; Extractive power; Peasant; Rationality; Fatalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11299-020-00260-2

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