Mihai S. Rusu

Mihai S. Rusu
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu · Department of Journalism, Public Relations, Sociology and Psychology

Lecturer in Sociology
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu — FORTHEM

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Introduction
Lecturer at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Department of Sociology. Research interests: nationalism and identity studies, fascist studies, collective memory, politics of place-naming, sociology of death.
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February 2016 - present
Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Lecturer in Sociology
August 2014 - November 2015
Babeş-Bolyai University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2014 - August 2015
Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai
Field of study
  • Sociology
October 2010 - September 2013
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Sociology
October 2008 - September 2010
Babeş-Bolyai University
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (72)
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Collective memory, despite its status as patrimonial notion within sociological tradition, recently escaped this rigid disciplinary straitjacket, becoming a cardinal concept in the contemporary discourse of social sciences and humanities. Understanding the nature of collective memory cannot be reached before clarifying the relation between memory a...
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Literary fiction and social science, despite the fact that they comprise two methodologically autonomous cultures, are nonetheless creatively interfering with each other. This paper explores the multiple points of contact between literature and social science and tracks the influences that literary fiction has had on social-scientific knowledge. Ni...
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This paper examines the mnemonic battle fought over the Romanian communist past between the active forces of intellectual democratic elites and the passive resistance of the majority of the population. The former try to impose a narrative of cultural trauma regarding the communist past against the latter’s popular resistance expressed by strong nos...
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The paper grapples with the cultural implications brought about by the right to be forgotten ruled by the European Court of Justice in May 2014. The main argument developed at length in this paper is that we are witnessing a momentous shift in the order of social memory, from an old-age paradigm of anamnesis characterized by a will to memory agains...
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Building on the basic premise that the attempt to create a New Man was one of fascism’s master-ideas, this article focuses on the feminine underside of this program of political anthropogenesis. The article centers on the image of the New Woman and the politics of womanhood within the Romanian Legionary movement. It argues that the Legion’s tradema...
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Rezumat În noiembrie 2020, peste 3,000 de sibieni au votat în cadrul unui sondaj online organizat de către administrația locală referitor la denumirea care va fi atribuită viitoarei zone de agrement și ecoturism dezvoltată de către municipalitate. Numele câștigător-"Gușterland"-s-a dovedit a fi unul controversat care a suscitat ample luări de poziț...
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In order to achieve their functional purpose-that of organizing the urban landscape and helping locating people and geographical objectives through an efficient addressing system-street names are bound to remain stable spatial landmarks. On the other hand, street names are also semiotic devices of signifying space with the political and commemorati...
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The gender relations of power embedded within the urban landscape and materialized in street nomenclature remain an underexplored topic in place-name studies. This paper situates the gendered spaces of street names within the broader investigation of identity politics played out in the public space. Drawing on scholarship from “critical toponymies”...
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Volumul explorează politicile spațiului simbolic implementate în perioada care a urmat prăbușirii regimului comunist în România. Denumirile de străzi, plăcile memoriale și statuile amplasate în spațiul public constituie piesele de bază ale ordinii topo-memoriale a unui regim politic. Aceasta deoarece valorile politice, miturile istorice și simbolur...
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Street names (odonyms) and their academic study constitute an important part of onomastic research. This paper takes stock of the growing literature on street naming processes and provides a meta-analytical systematic review of odonymic scholarship. To this purpose, a collection of 121 peer-reviewed articles on street names published in English lan...
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Population ageing and the increasing prevalence of chronic illness constitute demographic developments which are influencing labour markets across the European Union with a likely higher impact on those countries, such as Romania, where welfare and healthcare systems are already challenged. The Romanian case is interesting as it has a specific prof...
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After the demise of state socialism, public space became an issue of contention that occupied an important place within societies’ efforts to come to terms with the recent past. Extant scholarship documented extensively how postcommunist societies in Central and Eastern Europe have reconfigured the public space by removing the symbolic presence of...
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Recent scholarship in critical toponymy studies has refashioned the understanding of street names from innocent labels to nominal loci of historical memory and vectors of collective identity that are embroiled with power relations. Urban nomenclatures consist of more than mere linguistic signposts deployed onto space to facilitate navigation. Stree...
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Schimbarea denumirilor de străzi după 1989 O analiză cantitativă la nivel național Denumirile stradale reprezintă piese constitutive ale peisajelor urbane a căror banalitate cotidiană nu este întrecută decât de importanța lor politică. Această paradoxală dualitate a numelor de străzi-prezența lor pe cât de ubicuă pe atât de comună și naturală în co...
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Extant scholarship on football stadium names is almost exclusively restricted to discussing naming rights deals as expressions of toponymic commodification. Departing from this rather strict focus, this paper sets out to examine the patterns of stadium names from a quantitative perspective that is based on a dataset comprising football stadiums fro...
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Street names are mundane spatial markers that besides providing a sense of orientation inscribe onto the landscape the ideological ethos and political symbols of hegemonic discourses. This review article takes stock of the existing scholarship done on the politics of street naming practices in human (political, cultural, and social) geography and r...
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Este artículo tiene como objetivo examinar los modelos de feminidad fascista respaldados por el Estado Legionario Nacional rumano. Consiste en un análisis cuantitativo de contenido realizado sobre artículos publicados en el periódico oficial del régimen, Cuvântul, en una columna permanente dirigida a las mujeres. Los resultados señalan la prevalenc...
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As toponymic means of inscribing urban space, street names have been addressed mainly by human geographers, who have articulated the field of critical place-name studies. In this paper, I continue the endeavor started in the previous issue published in Social Change Review of reading street names through sociological lenses. Whereas in the first pa...
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Private cemeteries constitute a new development in the Romanian postsocialist death system that poses a challenge to the traditional burial culture. This paper charts the emergence of privately owned, profit-oriented cemeteries that have appeared across the country after the demise of state socialism. It argues that the development of these new, en...
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National days of mourning are state-sponsored rituals of collective grief enacted in the public sphere by political authorities to symbolically mark and emotionally cope with a socially significant loss. These officially declared and ceremonially performed state rituals of communion in grief provide privileged epistemic opportunities for unravellin...
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The cult of death and the celebration of martyrdom lay at the core of interwar fascist movements across the European continent. However, it was in the Romanian Legionary Movement (also known as the Iron Guard) that these were articulated into a full-fledged ideology of thanatic ultranationalism. In this article, I examine the spectacular fascist ne...
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Critical scholars of place-name studies have compellingly demonstrated that significant transformations in a society's namescape follow suit major power shifts and regime changes. However, despite the wealth of particular case studies existing in the literature, scarce efforts have been made to examine street name changes in a comparative framework...
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Bârfa ocupă un loc privilegiat în structura vieții sociale. Oamenii bârfesc în practic orice împrejurări și circumstanțe, pentru a schimba informații valoroase despre cunoscuți, pentru a-și exprima indignarea morală față de faptele reprobabile ale apropiaților sau, pur și simplu, ca delectare conversațională. Totodată, bârfirea este pe atât de cond...
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Six decades after the resolution of the Second World War, the Romanian state finally assumed its responsibility for the Romanian Holocaust by commissioning the Wiesel Report and accepting the conclusions delivered by the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania in November 2004. Synchronizing its legislative agenda with the working of t...
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Purpose Evidence shows that employers play a key role in facilitating the return to work of employees with cancer, yet little is known about the employers’ experiences in settings where no policies or regulations are available to guide this process. Against this background, we aimed (1) to understand how employers experience and manage the process...
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The paper examines the introduction of civic education in post-communist Romania as an educational means of civilising in a democratic ethos the children of the transition. Particularly close analytical attention is paid to a) the political context that shaped the decision to introduce civic education, b) the radical changes in both content and end...
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Street names express the spatial materialisation of nominative discourses articulated and deployed by the powerful in their politicisation of the urban landscape with self-legitimising ideological values, political symbols and historical narratives. Using an approach grounded upon the theoretical principles of critical toponymies, this paper sets o...
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Drawing on a sample of children’s reading primers published between 1938 and 1953 in Romania, this article explores ways in which both the monarchic and the communist regimes used primary education to fashion political subjects before, during, and after the Second World War. Theoretically grounded in a sociological approach and empirically grounded...
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Periods of national mourning have been on the rise in the last decades in European societies as part of a wider process of democratization, whereby ordinary citizens have been increasingly granted the honors of state condolences. However, despite their growing incidence, periods of national mourning have not received the due attention in social sci...
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This study sets out to map the political toponymy of Romanian schooling network. Starting from the theoretical premise that national memory is toponymically inscribed, inter alia, on a series of public organizations that form an institutional namescape, the paper reads the Romanian historical memory through the looking glass of school names. Exhaus...
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“Mister Gorbachev tear down this wall!” Socio-economic and Political Consequences 30 Years After The 30 years that have passed after the fall of the Berlin Wall have been a challenge not only to countries in the Eastern bloc, but also to the western world. Once the Iron Curtain collapsed, liberal democracy acquired wings but also new meanings. Eve...
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The fall of the Berlin Wall stood for a symbol of change and freedom across the socialist bloc and inspired the inhabitants in Eastern Europe to take action and revolt against dictatorial regimes. A long and often painful process of social, economic and political transformation began. Scholars grouped their research dealing with such transformation...
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This paper examines the street name changes brought about in Romanian cities and towns during the period of postsocialist transformations. Based on a complete dataset comprising the entire urban street nomenclature existing prior to the regime change of 1989, the paper explores the geography of postsocialist toponymic change, as well as the latter’...
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Despite their growing incidence over the last decades, national days of mourning received curiously sparse attention throughout social sciences and death studies. This study investigates the 327 national mournings observed across European countries between 1989 and 2017 in terms of their national variance, temporal dynamics, typology of events that...
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Starting from Oliver Jens Schmitt's biography of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, this study engages into a wider reflection upon the interwar ultranationalist Romanian Legionary movement (also known as the Iron Guard). It starts by situating Schmitt's work within the recent trend of de-orientalizing the Legion of Archangel Michael, after the latter has lo...
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This article sets out to explore the contributions of classical social thinkers to a sociological understanding of love. It builds on the premise that despite its major relevance and consequential importance in shaping both individual lives and the social world, until recently love was a heavily undertheorised topic in the sociological tradition. M...
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Cross-culturally, dead are protected from posthumous negative evaluations by the universal “nil nisi bonum” precept that governs the ethics within the community of mourners. In this study, we set out to test the observance of this injunction against posthumous gossiping in the Romanian public deathscape. Obituaries and other posthumous articles (N...
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The article develops a typology of political strategies of coming to terms with the past as a theoretical frame of reference against which it assesses the transitional politics of memory pursued in Romanian post-communist society. It argues that after an initial ‘elusive’ strategy based on a politics of amnesia gave way to a confrontationist stance...
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Gossiping is ubiquitous in social life. In every imaginable corner of society, people from all walks of life are gossiping their living acquaintances. But what happens when the " third party, " i.e., the subject of gossip, is absent par excellence, not only temporarily and spatially, but definitively? Do people continue to gossip their dead acquain...
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Drawing on scholarship on transnationalism, this paper resorts to concepts such as “trans-ethnic identity” and “multiple social identities” for making sense of two autobiographical writings authored by scholars who articulated a leftist counter-memory in telling their life stories spanning before, during, and after Romanian socialism. The study com...
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This paper grapples critically with Tatiana Niculescu's historical biography on the Romanian interwar fascist Corneliu Zelea Codreanu. The book, The Mistique of the Pray and the Pistol. The Life of Corneliu Zelea Codreanu is subjected to a thorough critique, which brings to the fore and sheds light on the multiple and serious issues undermining the...
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The paper explores the radical morphing of Romanian patriotism in the aftermath of the Great War within the Legionary movement. It shows, first, how the war martialized the rhetoric of self-sacrificial patriotism articulated discursively during the second part of the long nineteenth century that accompanied the making of the Romanian national state...
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The paper analyzes the calendrical struggles over mastering symbolic time in Romanian modern history by scrutinizing the logic of constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing a temporal order made up of political holidays celebrated within a festive calendar. It looks, first, at how the constitutional monarchic political order established in 18...
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Temporality, spatiality, sociality: The coordinates of celebration Whatever their particular nature – political commemorations, religious holidays, family anniversaries or other festive occasions – celebrations are the salt-n-pepper of social life. Celebrations bring a burst of flavor to the otherwise dry and dull routine of ordinary daily life of...
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Dacă un cercetător ingenios ar găsi cumva o cale de a cuantifica un ipotetic indice disci-plinar de reflexivitate metodologică, sociolo-gia ar putea pretinde, fără ca altă disciplină să-i poată contesta în mod legitim pretenţiile, locul fruntaş în topul sistematicităţii cu care îşi re-pune periodic în discuţie propriile-i metode de a cunoaşte obiec...
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The 4th International Conference of the Romanian Sociological Society (RSS), Sibiu (Romania), 29 September – 1 October 2016
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This study consists in a quantitative analysis of fashion preferences, examining various factors influencing clothing personalization. The first part of the paper sets out the theoretical framework, discussing the historical relationship between the emergence of modernity and the configuration of fashion industry. The study proceeds with detailing...
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http://www.euroinst.ro/titlu.php?id=1463 Lucrarea abordeaza, intr-o maniera simultan comprehensiv-holistica si detaliat-analitica, fenomenul memoriei istorice romanesti, asezat de autor in centrul nervos al identitatii nationale. Interogand fenomenul pe care si-l fixeaza ca obiect de cercetare de pe pozitii social-constructioniste, abordarea anali...
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The point of departure of this paper is the thesis of metaphorical ubiquity, according to which language (both everyday speech and the conceptual apparatus used by the scientific disciplines) has a pervasive metaphorical nature. Starting from these considerations on the metaphoricity of language, the paper moves on to explore the metaphorical formu...
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Building upon the twin premises of the historicity and mediality of memory – individual and collective alike –, this study makes an analytic incursion in the history of memory in terms of the technological media of storing knowledge about the past, i.e. a media-history of memory. The paper aims, in the opening act, at shedding light on the inextric...
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This paper explores the utopian idea of creating the “New Man” and the programs of political anthropogenesis that were carried out in order to renovate human nature in accordance to some ideologically ratified models of human perfection. After analyzing the genealogical record of the idea of creating the “New Man” in Western political thought, the...
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This paper is a study in historical socio-anthropology, focusing on the political process of Romanian nation building and its corresponding anthropological program of creating the national self. Starting from the assumption that human being is a "storytelling animal" nested in a (hi)story-telling community pillared upon "narrative traditions," this...
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This paper examines the relationship between the post-communist political regime and the communist past, analysing how the communist past, after a period of time when the state agents resorted to eschewing strategies, was eventually confronted frontally in 2006 when the Romanian President commissioned what came to be known as the “Tismăneanu Report...
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The central argument defended in this paper is made up of two interconnected statements: i) that a minimally defined rationality is an anthropological constant, being shared by all conceivable human cultures; and ii) that this “commonality of reason” constitutes the basis on which inter-cultural understanding is possible. In proving the first thes...
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Starting from the assumption that the social management of historical time is a powerful tool in the political definition of reality, this paper analyses how the history of the Romanian people has been periodized through the course of time. The central argument states that the partitioning system used to periodize the past harbors a hidden agenda,...
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One of the few objects on which there is still a quasi-unanimous intra-disciplinary consensus is the multi-paradigmatic condition of sociology. Beyond the acceptance of this fact, the consensus dissolves into general controversy over the positive or negative consequences of the multi-paradigmatic character of sociology. This paper analyzes the effe...
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This paper analyzes the marital ritual performed by a rural community of doubling the wedding reception one week after the first event was consumed. The socio-genesis and evolution of the “double wedding” are accounted for in terms of rational choice theory, especially through the notion of “intra-traditional rationality,” i.e. the instrumental man...
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Starting from the assumption that every society develops its own regime of memory to support and strengthen social order, this paper analyzes the content of 26 Romanian history textbooks in order to unfold how mnemonic order is assembled through these ideological vehicles. Furthermore, the purpose of this paper is to empirically test the evolutiona...
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This article proposes an evolutionary model of collective memory built on the concept of mnemonic revolution. It tries to go beyond the apparently mutual exclusive theories existing in sociological literature by integrating them into a comprehensive conceptualization. The first part of the study begins with the presentation of competing theories of...
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This chapter constitutes an exercise in theory building that aims to articulate a conceptualization of collective memory grounded in the intrapsychic processes manifested at the individual microlevel. Otherwise formulated, the objective is to extrapolate the theory of individual memory based on cognitive schemas into a (proto)theory of collective m...

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I'm currently working on a book on the cult of violence in the political culture developed within the Romanian Legionary movement.
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Qualitative research (semi-structured interviews) with cancer patients that either returned to work or not, employers, physicians and HR recruiters for exploring their perspectives about return to work after cancer in Romania.