The book includes the articles and fragments of monographs by Andrei V. Poletayev (1952– 2010). It gives an idea on the breadth of his professional interests and thorough academic studies in each of the many disciplines and areas which he applied to in different periods of his life. A significant part of the work was written together with his frequent co-author Irina M. Savelieva. The texts are grouped into four parts (“Sociologist”, “Historian”, “Economist”, “Researcher of Sciences”), and the principle of their selection pays tribute to the non-standard thinking of the author, the diversity of his achievements and ideas, and his passion for productive professional discussions. The texts were selected and annotated by colleagues of Poletayev and also by representatives of different disciplines and scientific generations.
This book is addressed to all those involved in the contemporary socio-humanities, whether student or academician. A clear, persuasive, extremely informative, yet always dedicated and lively writing of Andrei Poletayev is a rare example of scientific standards today.