The ritual year of Russian political "White-ribbon" opposition, 2011-2012

Sedakova Irina: The ritual year of Russian political "White-ribbon" opposition, 2011-2012. In: Politics, feasts, festivals 4. pp. 234-242. (2014)

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In this paper, based on personal archive data, the intensive ritual political year of 2011-2012 (and some new facts of 2013), mostly in Moscow, is examined to show manifold traditional ideas and practices involved in expressing major political issues. it also characterizes the oppositional activity as generating some new ritual calendar customs in Russia. the modern political and social opposition as such appeared and showed itself massively after the falsification of the elections to the lower House of the Parliament of Russian federation (state Duma). December 4th, 2011, marked the beginning of the corresponding ritual year. the Presidential elections on May 5, 2012, and further steps of the government provoked even wider resistance and new ritual forms of protests. on facebook, in mass-media and in the streets, the citizens developed unprecedented creativ-ity while preparing for, taking part in, and then reflecting on the meetings, marches, motor ral-lies and other forms of protest. thousands of posters, cards, huge billboards, etc., illustrated the values, hope, and political views of the people. the oppositionists looked for historical, political, and geographical parallels to make these activities and their respective artifacts satirical and expressive. in doing so, they often resorted to the symbolism of the ritual and nature calendar years, church festivities, and family rites. christian holidays such as shrove sunday, easter, Pentecost, and Transfiguration of Christ (the so-called Apple Feast) can be discovered in the slogans, programs, and comments of the opposition. all the state holidays (March 8th, May 1stand 9th, the Day of Russia, June 12th, etc.) have been transformed to assist in the political strug-gle. the 60th jubilee of the President of Russia took on its own oppositionist scenario with fake presents and greeting cards. oppositional festivity with its ritual artifacts; carnival images of color, flora symbolism; linguistic games with political personal and city place names; and songs and rhymes are thoroughly examined in the paper.

Item Type: Book Section
Heading title: Politics in rituals
Journal or Publication Title: Politics, feasts, festivals
Date: 2014
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-4825
ISBN: 978-963-306-254-8
Page Range: pp. 234-242
Series Name: A vallási kultúrakutatás könyvei
Language: English
Event Title: International Society for Ethnology and Folklore : Working group on the ritual year : annual conference (9.) (2013) (Szeged)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Politikai mozgalmak - Oroszország - 2011-2012
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 241-242. és a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 05. Social sciences
05. Social sciences > 05.06. Political science
Date Deposited: 2020. May. 20. 14:58
Last Modified: 2021. Nov. 24. 12:31

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