Survival in Soviet Gulags: A Secondary Analysis

By Kimberly M. Maas, Paul Prew and Elizabeth Sandell.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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One of the most common book series on the subject of Soviet Gulags is Evgenia Ginzburg’s “Journey into the Whirlwind” and “Within the Whirlwind.” This paper will use secondary analysis from anthology works with stories similar to Ginzburg's in combination with the works of several other authors like Anne Applebaum (2011) and Geith and Jolluck (2011). It shall also examine extensively Raphaël Lemkin’s definition of genocide and how it fits to what happened in the gulags. It shall be argued why certain situations that occurred within the gulags fit this definition. It will also explore the intimate details and lives of the Repressed. It will clarify vividly some of the social psychological and life experiences they faced in the gulags and what coping mechanisms they used to survive them.

Keywords: Gulags, Soviet Union, Social Psychology, Survivalism, Genocide, The Repressed

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.111-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 355.704KB).

Kimberly M. Maas

Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology and Corrections, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota, USA

Kimberly Maas is a graduate student working towards her master of arts degree in sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has an extensive interest in Russian and Soviet History and culture. She has published two works in the Minnesota State University, Mankato's Undergraduate Research Journal on subjects of Russian culture and international research ethics in collaborations between the United States and Russia. Within her discipline, she likes to combine interests in historical and comparative sociology and symbolic interaction to her interests in Russia.

Paul Prew

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Corrections, Mankato, MN, USA

Dr. Prew is a local Midwesterner, living most of his life a mere four hours drive from Mankato. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, he received his Masters in Sociology from MSU-Mankato when it was still Mankato State University. Dr. Prew returned to teach at MSU-Mankato after his PhD program at the University of Oregon where he specialized in environment, Marxist theory and labor studies. Paul has an interest in Environmental Sociology, International Political Economy, Globalization, Sociological Theory, and Labor Studies.

Dr. Elizabeth Sandell

Associate Professor, College of Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN, USA

Elizabeth Sandell is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She received her B.A. (Social Work), M.A. (Educational Administration) and Ph.D. (Education) from the University of Minnesota. She has traveled to all 50 of the United States and to 6 continents. Her research and scholarship agenda includes development and evaluation of approaches to multicultural and diverse education in Minnesota and in the Russian Federation. During the past 6 years, Beth has mentored more than 15 undergraduate students (including four from Russia) who have presented oral and poster sessions at the MSU Undergraduate Research Conference. Several of them have presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.


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