Formlessness and Cultural Recreation



Cultural change is a complex process of gradual and dialectical movement. Thus, Russia’s long-standing authoritarian mode of government seems to ensure the continuity of traditional patterns. With the Soviet decline, however, many Western researchers claimed that these patterns no longer held. Several scholars found that Soviet/Russian attitudinal patterns were closer to those in developed or developing Western democracies.1 Some even argued that Russian political culture would not resist efforts to democratize.2 Essentially denying the continued strength of authority relationships, these scholars focused on changing demographic patterns that indicated a more modern, democratically oriented, political culture.


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© James Alexander 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern State UniversityTahlequahUSA

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