Looking for justice: the everyday meaning of justice in late Soviet Russia

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Natalia Pecherskaya


everyday disputes in late soviet Russia. The process of formulating claims in public requires the transformation of the individual complaint into a form of a general statement, relevant to common meanings of justice and injustice in a given society - to the so called common worlds of justice. Describing these worlds (we have singled out six such worlds), which embody the meaning of justice implicitly inherent in everyday practice, permitted us to elaborate the model of everyday meaning of justice in late soviet Russia. As a body of empirical data I used complaint letters from the state archives and materials of the Comrade courts that contain complaints about injustice. The analysis of these materials based on the phenomenological approach has revealed the complexity and the plurality of everyday perceptions of justice in Russia even in the condition of the domination of official ideology in the public sphere of the Soviet society.

Keywords: Justice, everyday life, complaints, phenomenology, pragmatic turn

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