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Everyday Post-Socialism

Working-Class Communities in the Russian Margins

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Includes rich ethnographic data

  • Makes a significant contribution to the emerging second generation of literature on postsocialism in sociology, anthropology and area studies that emphasises that there is life beyond crisis

  • Focuses on a much underexplored region, 25 years after the Soviet crisis

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Unhomely Presents: Uncertain Futures

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 149-149
  3. On Personhoods in Place

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 213-213
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 249-261

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Russia
  • informal economy
  • labour
  • habitability
  • deindustrialization
  • social class
  • everyday life
  • work
  • post-industrial
  • anthropology
  • Post-Soviet
  • blue-collar work
  • transnational corporation
  • industry
  • poverty
  • identity
  • working class
  • russian and post-soviet politics

Reviews

“Morris’s ethnographic approach is an immersive one. … this book can confidently be placed on undergraduate and graduate reading lists for courses that relate to contemporary Russia and its recent past across many different disciplines, as well as general courses on comparative post-socialism or informal practices.” (Mark B. Smith, Slavonic and East European Review SEER, Vol. 97 (2), April, 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Birmingham, UK , Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Jeremy Morris

About the author

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).

 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Everyday Post-Socialism

  • Book Subtitle: Working-Class Communities in the Russian Margins

  • Authors: Jeremy Morris

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-95089-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-349-95088-1

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-349-95724-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-349-95089-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 261

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social Structure, Anthropology, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, European Politics

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-349-95089-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)