The Problem of Massovization of Dystopia as a Genre of Art in the Risk Society



The problem of this article is the problem of transformation and massization of the genre of dystopia and its loss of its essential features. The hypothesis of the study is the existence of a close relationship between the processes of massizing art and the popularization of dystopia in modern mass culture and public consciousness. The authors draw attention to the role of dystopia in modern society, which can be characterized as a risk society, as well as to the influence of dystopias on the consciousness of the masses. The main methodological technique is functional analysis. In addition, dialectics, the principle of historicism and comparative analysis are applied. The result of the study is the provision that in modern society there is an emphasis on the process of massization of art, during which the border between elite and mass culture becomes much less obvious. In addition, the study clarifies the role of literary works in spreading risks and the requirement of moral, and possibly legal responsibility for such acts. The key conclusion is the provision according to which, in the conditions of blurring the boundaries between elite and mass art, dystopia is becoming a popular genre and has an impact on social reality.

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Keywords: philosophy of culture, dystopia, risk society, social philosophy, interpretation, after-postmodern, media

Journal rubric: Intercultural Communication and Problems of Globalization: Psycho-, Socio- and Ethnolinguistics

Article type: scientific article


Received: 01.09.2021


For citation: Simonova S.A., Garshin N.A., Alikhanova V.L. The Problem of Massovization of Dystopia as a Genre of Art in the Risk Society [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2021. Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 38–45. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2021080305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana A. Simonova, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, Institute “Foreign Languages, Modern Communications and Management”, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Professor, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences and Mass Communications, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Nikolay A. Garshin, Lecturer, Department of History of Philosophy and Culture, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Veronika L. Alikhanova, PhD student of the Department of History of Philosophy and Culture, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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