Sociocultural Meanings of Politics:
New Logic of Interpretation and Religious References

Mchedlova M.M.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Professor, Principal Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Comparative Political Science Department, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia,

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DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2016.01.11

For citation:

Mchedlova M.M. Sociocultural Meanings of Politics: New Logic of Interpretation and Religious References. – Polis. Political Studies. 2016. No. 1. P. 157-174. (In Russ.).


Extension of the theory of politics to include sociocultural meanings in its explanatory scheme reflects the current uncertainty of its theoretical and methodological foundations, politico-institutional references, political and ideological implications. Fluctuation of the contours of the “familiar world”corresponds to rising distrust in the existing institutions and actors, suggesting a crisis of their legitimacyand effectiveness. A qualitatively new nature of conflict in society, archaization of political ideologies andpractices, transformation of the structures of social and power configurations indicate a change in thereference values of load-bearing structures of political life, reflexive schemes and ideological intentions.Redefinition of the standard linear epistemes and ideological discourses of modernity is accompanied by incorporation of socio-cultural referents and new references of modernity into the theoretical constructs.Religion ceases to be just a private affair of a particular person, and returns to the public space in variousforms, reflecting the diversification and diversity of the semantic and practical presence in the theoretical schemes and political practices. Many political issues acquire social resonance only because they aregiven a religious meaning, whereas religious intentions are in demand primarily in the political space. Thereligious reference is perceived differently in the modern world, causing controversy and debate aboutthe prospects for human development, actualizing new methodological and ideological constructions.

politics; epistemology; reference; religion; diversity; modernization; changes; democracy; identity; sociocultural factors and meanings.

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