Svetlana Stephenson wins Alexander Nove Prize for 'Gangs of Russia'

BASEES is delighted to announce that the Alexander Nove Prize, 2015 (to be awarded at the 2017 Annual Conference) will go to Svetlana Stephenson (London Metropolitan University) for her book Gangs of Russia: from the Streets to the Corridors of Power (Cornell University Press, 2015). The jury's citation:

Svetlana Stephenson’s new book, Gangs of Russia: from the Streets to the Corridors of Power, charts the rise and partial decline of gangs from the Soviet period to the present. It continues her long-term project on Russian society ‘from below’. As before, Stephenson recommends that ‘we move our sociological gaze from exclusion to incorporation’. Previously, she showed that homeless people are not a separate category, but ordinary people who have become homeless. Now she argues that ‘Russian gangs are not alien to society; they are firmly embedded in it’.  This meticulously researched and vivid book is based largely on interviews with gang members in Kazan, but covers the whole of Russia, within an international context. Like all Stephenson’s work, it demonstrates a very special degree of insight and imagination, based on deep erudition.

Jury: Prof Anne White (SSEES, University College London) and Prof Peter Waldron (University of East Anglia)

The Alexander Nove Prize for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies was established by decision of the annual general meeting of the Association in March 1995 in recognition of the outstanding contribution to its field of study made by the late Alexander Nove.