Adapting to Russia's New Labour Market Gender and by Sarah Ashwin

By Sarah Ashwin

Financial reform in post-Soviet Russia created not just a devastating decline in dwelling criteria, but additionally common lack of confidence and uncertainty. This e-book is the 1st to examine the placement from a gendered standpoint, laying off new gentle at the method within which Russians are dealing with the transformation of the labour marketplace. The ebook examines gender transformations in responses to financial reform, and considers the results of those for the labour marketplace results and wider health and wellbeing of fellows and girls in the course of transition. in response to unique examine performed via an skilled group of sociologists, the ebook analyses the trips of 240 women and men throughout the turbulent Russian labour marketplace of 1999-2001. It contains chapters on: *the method gender norms inherited from the Soviet period have prompted responses to transition *sex segregation and discrimination within the labour marketplace *gender alterations in paintings orientations and behavior *who merits from networks *which existence occasions are probably to begin downward financial trajectories.

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Structural Adjustment without Mass Unemployment: Lessons from Russia, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 9–86. ——(1999a) New Forms of Employment and Household Survival Strategies in Russia, Coventry and Moscow: ISITO/CCLS. Adapting to Russia's New Labour Market 28 ——(1999b) The Formation of a Labour Market in Russia, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Gordon and P. Townsend (eds) Breadline Europe: The Measurement of Poverty, Bristol: Policy Press. ——(2002) Making Ends Meet in Contemporary Russia: Secondary Employment, Subsidiary Agriculture and Social Networks, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

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