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ESforum, HSE economic sociology bulletin

A special issue of ESforum, a bulletin on economic sociology, was published in English.

ESForum has been published since December 2006 by young economic sociologists from the  HSE Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology for a Russian audience. ESForum is a bimonthly electronic and paper bulletin released in five annual issues. The electronic version can be found at http://www.hse.ru/mag/newsletter/.

This is a special issue in English to be distributed among the participants at the Moscow conference on economic sociology ‘Embeddedness and beyond: do sociological theories meet economic realities?’.

Download ESforum #4, October 2012




Ronald Inglehart

Interview with Ronald Inglehart: Why I am in Russia and What I think about This

The October issue contains an interview with the influential sociologist and political scientist Ronald Inglehart, a founding father of the World Value Survey and, since November 2010, supervisor at the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the HSE Branch in Saint Petersburg. In his interview Professor Inglehart shares his experience of working in Russia at the Higher School of Economics.


Vadim Radaev

The Re-emergence of Sociology in Russia 

There’s also a short essay by Vadim Radaev demonstrating how Soviet/Russian sociology emerged as an academic discipline and the struggle to maintain its identity.


John Round

Creative Education in a Creative City: Teaching Economic Sociology Out of the Classroom in Moscow

John Round, who came to the Higher School of Economics from the University of Birmingham, reports on two of his post-graduate courses at the Department of Sociology in Moscow. More specifically, he reflects upon the role of street based learning as a pedagogical approach to teaching. A method that provides teaching opportunities through “real life” study of economic sociology in action at various sites around Moscow.


How Much You Have in Common with Russians?

Finally, and just for fun, there’s a chance to test yourself, how much do you have in common with your Russian colleagues? Possibly… more than you think…

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The Kings of Remote Work: HSE Experts Dispel Myths and Stereotypes about Freelancers

Due to a longstanding lack of evidence-based information about freelancers, Andrey Shevchuk and Denis Strebkov, senior research fellows at the HSE Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology, have endeavoured to dispel misconceptions about this growing class of workers. Though remote work has become particularly relevant during the pandemic, the researchers identify several trends that have determined the direction of the remote job market even before the coronavirus outbreak.

Gender Asymmetry Affects Labour Market

According to Natalia Tikhonova, a social scientist with HSE University, gender asymmetry has been on the rise in Russia's labour market over the past 20 years. Gender asymmetry is reflected in the ‘feminisation’ of white-collar jobs and a disproportionate number of men among blue-collar workers. In addition to this, increasing automation in traditionally male industrial sectors is leading to fewer jobs available to men. In contrast, occupations with a growing demand for skills tend to be those which are mainly filled by women.

Corporate Social Responsibility Brings Benefits to Business

International companies engage in social responsibility in order to to improve their reputation, be more competitive, and to gain political benefits and some degree of control over society. In Russia, however, businesses convert social investment into informal privileges granted to them by government, according to a paper by Olga Kuzina, Professor of the HSE Department of Economic Sociology, and Marina Chernysheva, postgraduate student at the same department.

Classics in New Economic Sociology

On January 27, 2015, HSE First-Vice Rector Prof. Vadim V. Radaev and Dr. Greg B. Yudin announced the closure of ‘Classics in New Economic Sociology’ - a mega translation project of the HSE Laboratory for the Studies in Economic Sociology. The project ran from 2001-2015.

Russia and Germany: Current Situation, Lessons, and Cooperation

An international workshop, ‘Germany’s Transformation after its Unification: Current Situation and Lessons for Other Countries’ was held on September 12th and 13th, 2013 at the HSE. The workshop was organized by the HSE in collaboration with the Liberal Mission Foundation and with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.  

‘As Sociologists, We Have a Unique Perspective on the World’

Shannon Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of George Mason University (USA) is visiting Moscow this week for the seminar ‘From the Great Recession to Greater Gender Equality? Family Mobility and the Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender’ organized by the HSE Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology. It will take place on March 19.

Sociological Theories: a View on the Economy

From October 25th – 28th an international academic conference ‘Embeddedness and beyond: Do sociological theories meet economic realities?’ took place at the HSE. Here are some video interviews with conference participants.

A Fresh Issue of Economic Sociology

A new issue of Economic Sociology European Newsletter has just been published (Volume 13, #2, 2012). This publication is dedicated to Russian research in economic sociology.