Book Panel "Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia"

Evenemanget handlar om sociala förändringar i Ryssland och kommer ges på engelska.

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This book panel will be devoted to the discussion of social change in contemporary Russia. Four sociologists and co-authors - Jouko Nikula (University of Helsinki), Mikhail Chernysh (Russian Academy of Sciences), Yulia Epikhina (Russian Academy of Sciences) and Markku Sippola (University of Helsinki) - will discuss some results presented in the volume titled Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia – waiting for the middle class society? (eds. Nikula and Chernysh, 2020, Routledge). This book analyses social change in Russia, in particular the development of a middle class, one of the most important social and political projects of Putin’s administration. Using unique survey data collected in 1998, 2007 and 2015, the authors make extensive and theoretically justified analyses of the changing social distinctions in Russia over the past 20 years. The themes of these surveys are work and work relations, economic well-being, social activism as well as mental climate including trust to institutions and views on welfare.

During the webinar the speakers will pay special attention to the following topics: social distinctions, social mobility, employment precarity, as well as the role of state and performance of welfare institutions.

This volume is a result of collaboration between Aleksanteri Institute, University of Tampere and Russian Academy of Sciences. It is one of the main outcomes of the Center of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation (2011-2017) by Aleksanteri Institute at Helsinki University.


The Background of the social distinctions in modern Russia - project               

By Jouko Nikula, Professor emeritus, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

Social distinctions and social mobility in contemporary Russia

By Mikhail Chernysh, Professor, the First Deputy Director of the Federal Centre of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). 

Employment precarity in Russian society

By Yulia Epikhina, Candidate in the Sociological Sciences, Institute of Sociology at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).

The role of the state and Russian people’s attitudes towards the welfare state

By Markku Sippola, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Discussant: Jukka Grunow, Professor emeritus, Uppsala University