Three considerations have motivated me to prepare a brief introductory piece to this special issue of Comparative Sociology. First, special issues of the journals and collaborative enterprises with guest editors traditionally include such an introductory preview, with a description of rationale and how the project was developed. Second, the comparative sociological study of the social developments in former Soviet Union (fSU) countries did not commence to bloom profusely yet. I believe a guest editor must make clear at the outset what kind of material and manifestations the project will bring to the reader. One aim of the project is to focus attention on a number of topics, which are still off professional discourse of current sociologists and social scientists in general. Another aim is to introduce readers to the ways in which contemporary comparative sociologists discuss the topics of economic, political, and cultural development in the former Soviet Union countries. Third, the development of a study dealing with the region as complex and diverse as the former Soviet Union will inevitably generate wide-ranging theorizing and debate. I believe that some readers of this issue would benefit from a short background account on the situation in former Soviet Union societies,
Comparative Sociology – Brill
Published: Feb 13, 2017
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