Not a Renewal, but a Second Birth

Not a Renewal, but a Second Birth

Doktorov B.

Dr. Sci. (Philos.), Prof., Associate Fellow of the Sociological Institute of FCTAS RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia

ID of the Article: 9852

For citation:

Doktorov B. Not a Renewal, but a Second Birth. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2023. No 11. P. 151-156


For the first time, theses on the concept of a “Second Birth” of Soviet/Russian sociology are being published. The Perestroika gave the sociologists of Russia the opportunity to refer to history post-war sociology. In particular, it demanded an answer to the question: “Is the current Russian sociology a continuation of the sociology that began to develop in the second half of the 19th century, or a sociology with its own special beginning?” Two concepts were suggested for the genesis of the current stage of Russian sociology: continuity and renewal. However, studying the interviews with pioneering sociologists who caught the soul of the political thawing showed that their entrance into sociology did not answer either concepts, giving rise to the idea of a second birth of Russian sociology. Per my request, the concept of a second birth was voiced by Professor Vera V. Gavriluk in October 2007 at a conference occurring in the city of Tyumen. Later, she told me that the participants of the conference had positive attitudes to this information. Fifteen years have passed, and the abovementioned theses are being published.

Soviet/Russian sociology; genesis; Perestroika; two concepts; pioneering sociologists; Russian sociology; second birth
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