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The University of Southampton
Institute of Criminal Justice Research

Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power Event

Svetlana Stephenson
2 March 2016
Room 2040, Building 45 Highfield Campus University of Southampton

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Event details

The talk is based on the book, Gangs of Russia. From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, Cornell University Press, 2015. The book discusses the development of entrepreneurial gangs across Russia. The main ethnographic fieldwork took place in Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. This involved indepth interviews with criminal gang members aged from 17 to 35, as well as interviews with local residents, the police and businessmen. In this presentation I will give a broad overview of the history of Russian gangs, discuss their moral code, their social organisation and the forms of their interaction with, and penetration into, mainstream society.

'Gangs of Russia'
Dr Stephenson talks about 'Gangs of Russia'

Speaker information

Dr Svetlana Stephenson,London Metropolitan University,Svetlana has worked at the Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Levada centre), and was a Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Essex. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Sociology, the Russian Academy of Sciences. Among her publications are Gangs of Russia. From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, Cornell University Press, 2015, and Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, 2006. She is the co-editor of Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Routledge, 2012 (with Charles Walker).

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