337 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book analyzes the Soviet Union's social problems, focusing on those it shares with Western industrial societies. It assesses the social concerns confronting Gorbachev, including poverty; prostitution; health, education, and family issues; and the difficulty of adapting to technological change.

    Introduction -- Politics and Social Problems -- Ethnic Differentiation and Political Communication -- Pollution in the Soviet Union: The Growth of Environmentalism and Its Consequences -- Atomic Culture in the USSR: Before and After Chernobyl -- Soviet Health Problems and the Convergence Hypothesis -- Drug Abuse in the USSR -- Drinking and Alcohol Abuse in the USSR in the 1980s -- Equality of Opportunity -- Perestroika and the Rebirth of Charity -- Aging and the Elderly -- No End of a Problem: Perestroika for the Family? -- Problems in the Schools -- Youth Problems in the Soviet Union -- Crime in the Soviet Union -- Prostitution, the Press, and Agenda-Building in the Soviet Policy Process -- Adapting to New Technologies


    Anthony Jones