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Saving the Sacred Sea: The Power of Civil Society in an Age of Authoritarianism and Globalization

Kate Pride Brown


Lake Baikal is like no place on Earth. More than a mile deep, Baikal contains a fifth of the world’s freshwater. Thousands of endemic species reside in its watershed. It is an ecological treasure trove and a natural reservoir of global proportions. The region is also home to a strong environmentalist community that works tirelessly to protect Baikal from human harm. Environmentalists around Baikal began their campaign in the late 1950s, sparking the first national protest against the Soviet government’s planned industrial development. They have remained active in some form ever since, across t ... More

Keywords: civil society, environmentalism, social movements, field theory, Baikal, Russia, Siberia, globalization, authoritarianism, Putin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190660949
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190660949.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kate Pride Brown, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Georgia Tech