Social security, care and the "withdrawing state" in rural Russia

Kay, R. (2011) Social security, care and the "withdrawing state" in rural Russia. In: Jäppinen, M., Kulmala, M. and Saarinen, A. (eds.) Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Countries. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 145-169. ISBN 9781443825818

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This chapter presents the development of a research project, exploring the ways in which social security is produced and experienced in rural Russia. Based on a case study of Burla village, the project investigates the ways in which caring practices and material support are provided by and exchanged within a range of formal and informal, state and non-state, community and kinship structures This chapter begins by exploring the theoretical and contextual frameworks for the study through a discussion of theoretical approaches to understanding “social security”, “care” and “the state”, followed by a review of existing literature on welfare, social security and rural life in contemporary Russia. It then goes on to present and discuss early findings from fieldwork conducted in March 2008 and April 2009.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:The chapter is an outcome of a paper given at the annual Aleksanteri Conference in 2008 as part of the international umbrella research project Welfare, Gender and Agency in Russia in the 2000s (WGA), carried out at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, in 2008–2012.
Keywords:Russia - care, welfare, rural
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kay, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Kay, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Research Group:Migration
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars
First Published:First published in Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Countries: 145-168
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
504471Social Security, Care and the 'Withdrawing State' in Rural Russia: a case study from Altai KraiRebecca KayBritish Academy (BRIT-ACAD)SG-51772Central and East European Studies
424961Centre for Russian, Central and East European StudiesRichard BerryEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/D005019/1SPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES