STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Rethinking Class in Russia by Suvi Salmenniemi (ed.)

Awadhesh Kumar Jha is a Research Scholar with the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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  • March 2013
    Volume: 
    37
    Issue: 
    2
    Book Review

    Class is a normatively charged concept rooted in ideas of oppression, exploitation and domination. The collapse of the Soviet Union engendered an unprecedented rise of social inequalities in Russia. Social differentiation, poverty and the emergence of a newly rich class on the eve of the Soviet collapse have seldom been analysed from a class perspective. Rethinking Class in Russia addresses this lack by exploring how class positions are constructed and negotiated in new Russia, by taking an ethnographic and cultural studies approach to the topic.

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