, Volume 55, Issue 2–4, pp 549–556 | Cite as

Adapting capitalism: Household plots, forest resources, and moonlighting in post-Soviet Siberia1

  • Katherine R. Metzo


Economic reform in post-Soviet Russia has proceeded unevenly, resulting in broad variation between rural and urban areas. In the case study presented here, I examine how Communism's `economy of favors' has been transformed into a localized quasi-capitalist economy, which predominantly operates outside the national market economy. Using data from two villages in Tunkinskij Raion of the Buriat Republic in Russia, I look at how people at a micro-sociological level have adapted to current economic conditions. In particular I examine the relationships between informal networks and the ability to intensify agricultural production on household plots, to gain access to a variety of forest resources, and to find seasonal, part-time, or one-time work outside the household and the formal labor market.

agriculture exchange networks forest management households labor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine R. Metzo
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonU.S.A.

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