The Vanishing Rouble: Barter Networks and Non-Monetary Transactions in Post-Soviet Societies / Edition 1

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This book is an analysis of the widespread use of barter in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Written by a distinguished team of economists and other social scientists with minimal use of mathematics, the book is designed to appeal not just to area studies scholars but also to economists and anthropologists.
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"...undoubtedly an important provides a still rare example of how scholars from various professions can work together productively on the puzzling issues of the postsocialist transition." Slavic Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521790376
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 401
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction: barter networks and 'information islands' 1
1 Some lasting thing: barter and the value of money 15
2 Barter relationships 35
3 An anthropological view of barter in Russia 71
4 Barter in post-Soviet societies: what does it look like and why does it matter? 93
5 The growth of non-monetary transactions in Russia: causes and effects 114
6 Barter in Russia 147
7 The household in a non-monetary market economy 176
8 Barter in transition economies: competing explanations confront Ukrainian data 207
9 Barter and non-monetary transactions in transition economies: evidence from a cross-country survey 236
10 How is barter done? The social relations of barter in provincial Russia 259
11 Shadow barter: economic necessity or economic crime? 298
12 Surrogate currencies and the 'wild market' in Central Siberia 318
13 Bear skins and macaroni: the social life of things at the margins of a Siberian state collective 345
Conclusion: what is to be done? 362
Index 375
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