, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 256–271 | Cite as

Über die Genese des Kapitalismus unter Anwesenden: Deutsch-russische Saunafreundschaften

  • Dmitri Zakharine

On the emergence of capitalism among those present: German-Russian sauna-friendships


The article discusses purification rites, which convey a symbolic meaning of drawing up a border within a number of tribal cultures. Newcomers have to wash off traces of the outside world in order to get integrated in a closed community. It is quite usual that elites performing purification rites strive for a total control over the financial resources of a clan, of a village or a whole country. Some of such rites turn out be important with regard to the process of constitution and reproduction of political elites in postmodern societies. The analysis of saunafriendships between Russian and German politicians make the focus of our research.


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© VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften/Wiesbaden 2007

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