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Some Conclusions

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This book shows with moral portraits the various ways in which individual persons have had to confront the unique experience of living through an historical moment of radical social and cultural change, and in so doing remake themselves into new post- Soviet persons. The socio-historic-cultural world, then, limits the range of possibility for the kinds of experience, and therefore the kind of moral world and personhood, one can have. Therefore, while these moral portraits make clear the analytical difficulties of a so-called Russian morality, they do, nevertheless, reveal a range of possibility for being moral and ethical in post-Soviet Russia. Perhaps the most obvious similarity across the five moral portraits is the appearance of obshchenie. The narratives discussed in the book did not simply reveal the persons already there, but were a significant part of the process of the interlocutors crafting their post-Soviet personhoods.

Keywords: Muscovite interlocutor; obshchenie; post-Soviet personhood; Russian morality; socio-historic-cultural world



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