Title

Russia: The Reemergence of Class in the Wake of the First "Classless" Society

Abstract

Class structure, class inequality, and class analysis are central to understanding contemporary Russian politics and society. And yet Russians themselvesfrom social scientists, to political leaders, to everyday Russianshave struggled to come to grips with the concept of class, which became a taboo topic following the collapse of communism. In recent years, that has started to change. Russian social scientists have placed great emphasis on defining the Russian middle class, in a search both for a non-Marxist conception of class and for a social group with the potential to lead Russia toward a more liberal future. Yet the middle class concept remains fuzzy, and the political aspirations for the group have been only partially realized. Meanwhile, much of the rest of Russian society retains a more traditional view of class and class conflict, as reflected in various political struggles and even in popular culture, such as Russian film.

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication Date

10-13-2015

Publication Title

East European Politics & Societies

Department

Politics

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/0888325415599202

Keywords

Russia, Class, Middle class, Inequality

Language

English

Format

text

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