Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Aleksandr D. Švejcer,L.B. Nikol'skij

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027279365

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 181

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Translation from the original Russian edition. The first Soviet text-book on sociolinguistics, the book introduces the reader to some of its basic problems, such as language and social structure, language as a social factor, language and nation, language and culture, language and the sociology of an individual, sociolinguistics and Marxist sociology. It focuses on such theoretical issues as the subject-matter of sociolinguistics, the functioning of sociocommunicative systems, language policy and social aspects of verbal behavior.
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Christian Religion in the Soviet Union

A Sociological Study

Author: Christel Lane

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873953276

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Christel Lane has written the first sociological study of religion in a communist and militantly atheist society. Christian Religion in the Soviet Union is the result of a detailed examination of Soviet sociological sources and the legally and illegally published reports of religious bodies or individuals, backed up by the observations of the author and of other Western visitors to the USSR. Dr. Lane attempts to assess the impact of the intellectual and material culture of Soviet society on Christian religion. She analyses the religious life in the contemporary Christian churches and sects, describing the scope of their membership and its social composition, the religious commitment of believers and their social and political orientations. Christian Religion in the Soviet Union will be central reading for students of religion in modern industrial society who are working within the disciplines of sociology, comparative religion or theology. It will also appeal to those studying Soviet society from a more general sociological perspective and to a wide readership interested in the contest between Christian religion and Marxist-Leninist ideology.
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The Classical Marxist Critiques of Religion: Marx, Engels, Lenin, Kautsky

Author: D.B. McKown

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401016062

Category: Philosophy

Page: 174

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In view of the enormous number of works on Marxism in general and in light of the many books and articles touching on the relationship of Marxism to religion in particular, it may fairly be asked why yet another such work should be produced. My reply is that in eliciting answers to the kinds of questions posed by the methodology I have used, it was necessary to go to the primary sources almost exclusively. This is not to bemoan a sad fate but to affirm that there are notable deficiencies in the secondary sources relevant to my topic. By way of general indictment, I contend that the major difficulty with existing studies of the Marxist critique of religion is that their authors, whether expositors or critics, have failed both to specify their own presuppositions concerning religion and to approach the subject with an adequate comprehension of its many dimensions. Since, in most cases, the reader is equally unprepared, anthropologically, sociologically, psychologically, and historically, for clear and informed thought in this vast and nebulous area, the result has been widespread confusion. As if this were not enough, numerous writers with little more than polemical interests have compounded the confusion by failing to distinguish between religion in general and their own brands of faith in particular. Others have not discriminated between the concepts of metaphysics and the supernatural items of religious belief.
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Reconstructing Lenin

An Intellectual Biography

Author: Tamás Krausz

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1583674497

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

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Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is among the most enigmatic and influential figures of the twentieth century. While his life and work are crucial to any understanding of modern history and the socialist movement, generations of writers on the left and the right have seen fit to embalm him endlessly with superficial analysis or dreary dogma. Now, after the fall of the Soviet Union and “actually-existing” socialism, it is possible to consider Lenin afresh, with sober senses trained on his historical context and how it shaped his theoretical and political contributions. Reconstructing Lenin, four decades in the making and now available in English for the first time, is an attempt to do just that. Tamás Krausz, an esteemed Hungarian scholar writing in the tradition of György Lukács, Ferenc Tokei, and István Mészáros, makes a major contribution to a growing field of contemporary Lenin studies. This rich and penetrating account reveals Lenin busy at the work of revolution, his thought shaped by immediate political events but never straying far from a coherent theoretical perspective. Krausz balances detailed descriptions of Lenin’s time and place with lucid explications of his intellectual development, covering a range of topics like war and revolution, dictatorship and democracy, socialism and utopianism.Reconstructing Lenin will change the way you look at a man and a movement; it will also introduce the English-speaking world to a profound radical scholar.
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Marxism, Revisionism, and Leninism

Explication, Assessment, and Commentary

Author: Richard F. Hamilton

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275968823

Category: Political Science

Page: 269

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Provides brief explanations of Marxism and its two principal variants, revisionism and Leninism, and offers an empirical assessment of the major propositions, sorting out what is useful and suggesting the best directions for future study.
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