(Un)caring communities: processes of marginalisation and access to formal and informal care and assistance in rural Russia

Kay, R. (2011) (Un)caring communities: processes of marginalisation and access to formal and informal care and assistance in rural Russia. Journal of Rural Studies, 27(1), pp. 45-53. (doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.11.002)

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The marginality of rural life, understood in structural, economic, political and geographic terms, has been an underlying theme in both historical and contemporary studies of the Russian countryside. Much less attention has been paid to marginality as relational and the moral discourses of (un)belonging and (un)deservingness through which moral centres and peripheries are constructed within rural Russian contexts. This paper explores the ways in which both fixed, structural and constructed, personalised explanations of hardship are employed by rural people and how these relate to processes of integration into or exclusion from ‘caring’ and ‘moral’ communities. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Burla village, western Siberia, in 2008-10, and focusing primarily on the activities of the Centre for Social Assistance to Families and Children located there, the paper discusses the ways in which affiliation with the ‘moral centre’ facilitates access to both formal and informal forms of care and assistance from which those at the ‘moral periphery’ are more often excluded.

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Additional Information:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Rural Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Rural Studies, 27(1), 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.11.002
Keywords:Marginality, care, Russia, rural, deservingness, poverty
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kay, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Kay, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Rural Studies
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Journal of Rural Studies 27(1):45-53
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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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