Life Strategy, Migration and Regime Transition

  • Olga OleinikovaEmail author


This introductory chapter begins by pointing out the curious oversight of life strategy in the discussions of migration and regimes in crisis. It notes the increasing extra-individual and extra-structural pressures placed on individuals when the political regime faces crisis or undergoes transition from one economic and political system to another (e.g. post-Soviet transition from communism to capitalism/from authoritarianism to democracy), highlighting the combined role of structure–agency and urgent need to bring life strategy out of the shadow and to help understand our globally connected and turbulent present. The chapter draws on the field of migration and transition research, tracing all the perspectives from Western (Western Europe and North American) to post-Soviet East European scholarship that emerged between 1950s and late 2000s, to introduce the concept of life strategy and present its various typologies. The chapter concludes by extending on the existing scholarship to highlight what life strategy means from the perspective of contemporary regime transition/crisis in Ukraine and how it is intimately bound up with the social change and migration.


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