Russia: The Reemergence of Class in the Wake of the First "Classless" Society
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.
Crowley, Stephen. 2015. "Russia: The Reemergence of Class in the Wake of the First 'Classless' Society." East European Politics & Societies 29(3): 698-710.
East European Politics & Societies
Russia, Class, Middle class, Inequality