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This paper* scrutinises the role of place and space in the process of Christian rehabilitation. This process is an interconnection of the rehabilitation of the addicted people and conversion to a particular kind of Christianity, working... more
This paper* scrutinises the role of place and space in the process of Christian rehabilitation. This process is an interconnection of the rehabilitation of the addicted people and conversion to a particular kind of Christianity, working as an inseparable twofold process. The narrative of conversion in the rehabilitation ministry is influenced by the 150-year history of Russian Baptists, the rich sociocultural context of contemporary Russia, the junkie and prison context of the people in rehabs, and a very specific Russian Synodal translation of the Bible. I demonstrate the role of space in the implementation of rehab rules and discipline, Christian dogmatics, and construction of the Christian self. The organisation of space in the rehabs very much resembles prison, while also following the common dogmatic principles of the program. At the same time, rehabilitation is enforced by harsh conditions, a strict regime, and the idea of proper Christian family.
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Doctoral defense speech. March 14, 2016, University of Helsinki, Finland. "How Jesus Changes Lives: Christian Rehabilitation in the Russian Baptist Ministry"
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Making Social Knowledge, The 2nd Annual Conference of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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My presentation focuses on the Russian Baptist rehabilitation ministry for the addicted people. I regard the combination of two radical transformations constructing the process I call Christian Rehabilitation: conversion, as the... more
My presentation focuses on the Russian Baptist rehabilitation ministry for the addicted people. I regard the combination of two radical transformations constructing the process I call Christian Rehabilitation: conversion, as the transformation of self, and rehabilitation, as bodily transformation. This complex process is based on the peculiar literalist reading of the Scripture, which constructs the narrative of conversion and belief, and the Arminian soteriology, constructing the narrative of responsible Salvation, both from drugs and from eternal hell.

Although the Baptist rehabilitation acknowledges the biochemical nature of addiction, it is regarded as a slavery of sin. Thus only repentance and surrender to Christ can lead to a successful rehabilitation. My questions thus are: How these two transformations occur? What is the mechanism of transforming a chemically addicted body into a spiritually grown Christian? The majority of the rehabilitants do not pass the whole program and leave in the first two months. What goes wrong when they break with the rehab?

My study scrutinizes the process of "Jesus changes lives of addicts." I argue that this change lies in an adaptation of Scriptural language, and essentially constitutes the [Russian Baptist] conversion.
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Блог для русскоязычных абитуриентов магистерских и аспирантских/докторских програм за рубежом. Практические рекомендации, общие замечания
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The thesis focuses on student written plagiarism as a research problem. From prior research on plagiarism and scientific knowledge I developed three hypotheses: intentional plagiarism as an easy way to perform an assignment, unintentional... more
The thesis focuses on student written plagiarism as a research problem. From prior research on plagiarism and scientific knowledge I developed three hypotheses: intentional plagiarism as an easy way to perform an assignment, unintentional plagiarism caused by misleading flow of digital texts, unawareness of instructions, and lack of feedback, and different identity of students, as opposed to scholars. The latter hypothesis was implicitly suggested by some of the authors on plagiarism in academia, but was not properly tested. I base my analysis on the interviews I conducted with the Law students of two graduate schools, Central European University in Budapest and Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
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