The Social Legacy of Communism

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Whereas current work on the transition from communism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has emphasized the polity and the economy, this book considers four basic areas: ethnic issues, deviance and health, social cleavages, and labor and elitism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521461825
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/1994
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
1 Introduction: The social legacies and the aftermath of communism 1
2 Making up for lost choice: the shaping of ethnic identity in post-Soviet states 31
3 From ethnicity to nationalism: turmoil in the Russian mini-empire 56
4 Ethnicity, nationalism, and the communist legacy in Eastern Europe 89
5 The social construction of deviance and the transition from communist rule 111
6 Crime and the collapse of the Soviet state 130
7 Drug abuse in Central and Eastern Europe 149
8 Postcommunist medicine: morbidity, mortality, and the deteriorating health situation 178
9 Health and mortality in Central and Eastern Europe: retrospect and prospect 196
10 Communism's legacy and Russian youth 229
11 The social legacy of communism: women, children, and the feminization of poverty 252
12 The religious renaissance in the Soviet Union and its successor states 271
13 Elitism in postcommunist Russia: some interim comments 309
14 Labor politics in postcommunist Russia: a preliminary assessment 329
15 Unemployment in the former Soviet Union 354
16 Conclusion: Reflections on the social legacy of communism 379
About the authors 386
Index 389
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