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Privilege in the Soviet Union (Routledge Revivals)

A Study of Elite Life-Styles under Communism

By Mervyn Matthews

© 2011 – Routledge

190 pages

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First published in 1978, this unique work throws much-needed light upon the exact nature of privilege and elite life-styles in the contemporary Soviet Union, under the Communist regime. Dr Matthews' study places these life-styles in a historical perspective, and characterises, in sociological terms, the people who enjoyed them.

This study is based on an extensive programme of personal interviews among emigré groups and a close analysis of original and little-known legal historical sources. There are special sections on the nature of change in the Soviet elite and on social mobility. This reissue will attract interest amongst students and scholars concerned with the history, politics and sociology of the Soviet Union; it will also be of value to all those concerned with the age-old problem of social equality.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Soviet Elite in the Seventies 1. A Problem of Definition 2. Special Elite Benefits Part 2: Privilege and the Law Since the Revolution 3. The Genesis of Privilege 4. Stalin and After Part 3: Social Movement and Comparison 5. Some Problems of Elite Mobility 6. International Perspectives

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes