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Perverse Conservatism: A Lacanian Interpretation of Russia's Turn to Traditional Values

Uzlaner, Dmitry


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{
  "DOI": "10.1057/s41282-016- 0036-6", 
  "container_title": "Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Perverse Conservatism: A Lacanian Interpretation of Russia's Turn to Traditional Values", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2017, 
        1, 
        1
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>This article analyzes Russia&rsquo;s &lsquo;&lsquo;conservative turn&rsquo;&rsquo;, which occurred in 2012 when Vladimir Putin was elected President for a third time. An overview of this turn &ndash;incorporating anti-Westernism, an emphasis on tradition, the protection of symbols of purity, and the persecution of symbols of impurity &ndash; opens the article. The author then explains the concept of &lsquo;&lsquo;perverse conservatism&rsquo;&rsquo; and elaborates its basic pattern with reference to such Lacanian psychoanalytic concepts as subjectification, perversion, disavowal, and what he calls the &lsquo;&lsquo;defensive fetish&rsquo;&rsquo;. Finally, this pattern and its subpatterns of fetishism and sadism are applied to an explanation of certain aspects of Russia&rsquo;s domestic policy. The author concludes that the discourse on traditional values, at least in some respects, is subordinated to the pattern of perversion.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Uzlaner, Dmitry"
    }
  ], 
  "page": "173-192", 
  "volume": "22", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "2", 
  "id": "2807892"
}
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