Everyday Post-Socialism: Working-Class Communities in the Russian Margins

Forsideomslag
Springer, 1. sep. 2016 - 261 sider
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This book offers a rich ethnographic account of blue-collar workers’ everyday life in a central Russian industrial town coping with simultaneous decline and the arrival of transnational corporations. Everyday Post-Socialism demonstrates how people manage to remain satisfied, despite the crisis and relative poverty they faced after the fall of socialist projects and the social trends associated with neoliberal transformation. Morris shows the ‘other life’ in today’s Russia which is not present in mainstream academic discourse or even in the media in Russia itself. This book offers co-presence and a direct understanding of how the local community lives a life which is not only bearable, but also preferable and attractive when framed in the categories of ‘habitability’, commitment and engagement, and seen in the light of alternative ideas of worth and specific values. Topics covered include working-class identity, informal economy, gender relations and transnational corporations.
 

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Indhold

List of Figures
1
Spaces and Places
2
Introduction The Worthless Dowry of Soviet Industrial Modernity
3
BlueCollar Personhood After the Factory
53
Informal Economy Going Underground but Coming Out of the Shadows
86
A Womans Kingdom? Affect Care and Regendering Labour
123
Unhomely Presents Uncertain Futures
149
Unhomely Presents Trauma and Values of Endurance Among Older People
150
No Country for Young Men Encountering Neoliberalism in Transnational Corporations
189
On Personhoods in Place
212
Intimate Ethnography and Cross Cultural Research
213
Conclusions Making Habitable Lives in SmallTown Russia
233
Index
249
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Om forfatteren (2016)

Jeremy Morris is Co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham, UK. A disciplinary pluralist, his research aims to capture the actually lived experience of neoliberal and post-socialist transformation in Russia. He is co-editor of The Informal Post-Socialist Economy (2014) and Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces(Palgrave, 2015).

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