Breskaya, Olga Books

Dr. Olga Breskaya is a Sociology Professor at the European Humanities University. She is the editor in chief of the scholarly journal “Perekrestki” (Crossroads), and her Ph.D is from Lomonsov Moscow State University where she graduated in 2004. Her research interests are in social theory, borderland theory, issues of boundary formation of urban communities in public space, and the sociology of religion.

Political, Linguistic, and Religious Boundaries as Distinctive Creative Space: Why New Ideas are Generated in Border Lands
2012 0-7734-2926-3
The term “Pogranichie” is the Russian language equivalent to the English term “borderland” and this work studies how borderlands serve as distinctively creative spaces for cultural exchange. The book studies how social interactions occur in post-soviet bloc countries that try to democratize, and presents a model for Eastern European development. If there is a lack of actorship in social processes and communication is broken off, then development cannot occur. The authors look at what circumstances promote agency and actorship which in turn changes the dynamic of the entire Pogranichie community. All of the changes occurring in Eastern Europe are happening at an incredibly rapid rate and the acceleration of change allows forward and backward thinking forces to take hold.