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Class and gender in Russian welfare policies: Soviet legacies and contemporary challenges

The book 'Class and gender in Russian welfare policies: Soviet legacies and contemporary challenges' by E.R. Iarskaia-Smirnova was published by the University of Gothenburg.

E.R. Iarskaia-Smirnova Class and gender in Russian welfare policies: Soviet legacies and contemporary challenges. Geteborg: University of Gothenburg, INEKO, 2011 — ISBN 978-91-86796-82-2 — ISSN 1401-5781

The goal of this thesis is to explore the gendered and classed nature of social work and social welfare in Russia to show how social policy can be a part of and reinforce marginalization. In particular, the thesis aims to analyse how class and gender are produced, redefined and experienced by different social actors in changing institutional and ideological frames of welfare policies and social work.  

Contents

ABSTRACT

SVENSK SAMMANFATTNING

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION: PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Class, gender and welfare: a theoretical background

Class and gender in Soviet welfare policies

Care and order: welfare policy and the shaping of good Soviet citizens

Current Russian welfare policy

The professional ideology of social work and issues of exclusion

METHODS

Study design

Study participants and data

Data collection methods

Methodological discussion and analysis

Ethical considerations

SUMMARY OF RESULTS

Study I: Visual case study in the history of Russian child welfare

Study II: ”What the future will bring I do not know...” Mothering children with disabilities in Russia and the politics of exclusion

Study III: “A salary is not important here…” professionalization of social work in contemporary Russia

Study IV: Gendering social work in Russia: towards anti-discriminatory practices

Study V: Doing class in social welfare discourses: ‘unfortunate families’ in Russia

CONTESTS AND CONTEXTS OF SOCIAL WORK

Symbolic roots of modern social work

Welfare, exclusion and agency as contextual issues of social work

CONCLUSIONS

Policy and institutional contexts

Knowledge production in social work

Actors and identity

REFERENCES

Introduction

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