Now expanded to cover the consequences of Russia's 1998 financial collapse, this book focuses on the social consequences of a modern-day great depression. The text examines the unequal distribution of the costs and benefits of Russia's leap into capitalism. The topics covered include: the emergence of the "new poor"; the recruitment of a business elite; the changing social and economic status of women; and the impact of marketization on employment. The study draws on a range of statistics and survey research data to present a portrait of the lives and circumstances of comtemporary Russians.
Introduction: The Costs of Market Bolshevism; Free Market Ideology and the Specter of Inequality; Critical Responses to Radical Reform; The Rise of Mass Poverty; A Question of Difference: Women as Losers; Wage Earners: Winners and Losers; A New Capitalist Class: Entrepreneurs and the Economic Elite; Why No Social Democracy in Russia?; After the Fall.