nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2017‒03‒12
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Kids, Streets, and Activities By Alexandra A. Bochaver; Anna N. Korzun; Katerina N. Polivanova
  2. Reforming culture and conduct in the financial services industry: how can lawyers help?: remarks at Yale Law School's Chirelstein Colloquium, New Haven, Connecticut By Held, Michael
  3. New regional identities in a global world By Bailly, Antoine
  4. Religion, Sexual Minorities and the Rule of Law in Russia: Mutual Challenges By Mikhail Antonov

  1. By: Alexandra A. Bochaver (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Anna N. Korzun (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Katerina N. Polivanova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: Street activities are recognized as playing significant role in children and teenage socialization. However, the socialization mechanism of street activities is gradually changing. Active play and street gangs remain in past, as most parents today acknowledge. The present article investigates the forms of street leisure activities of Russian kids and teenagers born in different decades of late XX and early XXI centuries. The research is based on the answers of 251 participants to the two developed thematic questionnaires. Content-analysis of the answers allows to identify five principal categories of street leisure activities, namely: games, communication, exploratory activities, risk behaviors, and cultural activities. The article describes the main components of each of the categories and analyses their representation in both adult and teenage samples’ leisure time. The results allow to manifest the relation between children's leisure activities dynamics and their social environment, as regards increased social insecurity and uncertainty, urbanization rates, overpopulation, etc. The research also investigates the areas of street leisure activities, level of parental control, as well as types of rules and regulations set by parents regarding their children’s travel and leisure. The future research suggestions given the results are made.
    Keywords: childhood, adolescence, street leisure activity, leisure, street, urban environment
    JEL: Z
    Date: 2016
  2. By: Held, Michael (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
    Abstract: Remarks at Yale Law School's Chirelstein Colloquium, New Haven, Connecticut.
    Keywords: culture; LIBOR; rulemaking; Bill Dudley; in-house counsel; lawyers; corporate structure; corporate communication; leadership; escalation; ethics; misconduct; financial services
    Date: 2017–03–08
  3. By: Bailly, Antoine
    Abstract: Regional movements are emerging in Europe, often to promote historical, cultural or economic regions. Are we going to have a new regional Europe with 60 regions instead of 27 nation-states?
    Keywords: regions,regional geography,centralisation,federation,confederation
    JEL: R11
    Date: 2017
  4. By: Mikhail Antonov (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper analyses the cultural constraints that are factually imposed on the actors of the Russian legal system by the prevailing social philosophy which is characterized by a significant degree of religious conservatism. This conservatism is predictably opposed to sexual minorities and to those who want to defend or justify them. Examining the 2013 amendments on the protection of traditional values and the case law concerning these amendments, along with the discourses of some judges of the Russian Constitutional Court (RCC) and other actors, the author concludes that religious conceptions have a strong impact on decision-making in Russian courts, and can sometimes overrule the formal provisions of the Russian Constitution and the laws which grant protection and guarantees to the sexual minorities. This situation can be explained with reference to the prevailing social philosophy which promotes conservative values and emphasises collective interests. The reasons for this specific development of Russian intellectual culture in this regard fall outside the scope of the present paper, but it can be asserted that this development, historically oriented at prioritizing morals and religion over the law, still shapes the general conservative attitudes of Russians toward sexual minorities. These attitudes cannot be ignored by judges and other actors of Russian legal system who, to some extent, are subject to the general perception of what is just, acceptable, and reasonable in the society.
    Keywords: religion, social philosophy, religious feelings, sexual minorities, justice, courts, case law, legal normativity, human rights, constitutional justice
    JEL: K K
    Date: 2017

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