The cultural mechanics of mystery: structures of emotional attraction in competing interpretations of the Dyatlov pass tragedy

I use the term ‘absolute event’ here, following the theory of social events developed by Alexander Filippov, in which absolute events are events that abolish the arbitrariness of the observer

Dmitry Kurakin

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • Mystery plays a fundamental though not fully acknowledged role in modernity, serving as an important means for the re-enchantment of social life
  • I constructed a model of the ambivalent sacred and transgression, mainly based on the works of Girard, Douglas, Caillois, and Turner, which aimed to reinforce the Durkheimian cultural sociological approach developed by Alexander, Smith, and others
  • Eduard Nadtochiy shows how the figure of mystery creates the dimension of internal life and autonomous personality in literature, pp. 92–93). He even goes so far as to assert that the early Soviet anthropological construction of childhood, created by means of literature based on mystery, became the ‘prosthesis’ of social solidarity and an island of human dignity in the symbolic universe of the Stalin era, p. 96)
  • I use the term ‘absolute event’ here, following the theory of social events developed by Alexander Filippov, in which absolute events are events that abolish the arbitrariness of the observer
  • As it follows from the theory of genres, it is the relationship and the distance between heroes and the audience of the story that emphasize certain of these levels of narratives and defuse the others
  • Too close a distance between the heroes/victims and the audience would probably substitute curiosity with despair. It is an important question for future research, if the center of the gravity must be distributed in a certain way between the mentioned levels of narratives to keep it a mystery

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