Пронюшин Антон Дмитриевич
Thug Mobilization in Non-Democracies: the Сase of 2010 – 2016's Russia
Политика. Экономика. Философия
Present theoretical and practical paper contributes to comprehensive study of thug mobilization phenomenon in non-democratic regimes and within a specific case of Russia. The first part of the work devoted to the theory of new social movements in the context of contentious politics. The second part of the work consists of theoretical and practical operationalization of the “thug” phenomenon, previously not presented by researchers in that particular form. The paper discusses the features and specific categories of the mobilization process in the field of contentious politics in general and within its radical forms. Special attention is paid to the mobilization and the role of violence in non-democratic regimes, in particular, in Russian electoral authoritarianism. The substantive part of the work is based on the in-depth analysis of publications contained in the electronic archive and media database Public.ru and subsequent case-study of Russia 2010 – 2016’s contentious field within nationalist and pro-governmental agendas of thug mobilization.