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Russian workers : the anatomy of patience /
Sarah Ashwin.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999.
xii, 202 p. ; 24 cm.
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Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Sarah Ashwin is Lecturer in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics.
Review Quotes
This is a must read for anyone interested in Russia's puzzling social stability in the face of unprecedented ecconomic decline and political cronyism. Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This volume examines the issue of workers' organisations in Russia in the transition from communism and why Russian workers have tolerated the huge fall in living standards since Yeltsin's rise to power.
Main Description
Following the strike waves of 1989 and 1991, many commentators expected Russian workers to play a decisive role in determining the course of transition. Workers have stoically endured a catastrophic decline in living standards, a loss of security and wage delays of six months or more. Sarah Ashwin's book directly confronts this paradox, dissecting the apparent "patience" of Russian workers through an original analysis of the forms of social integration fostered within the Soviet and post-Soviet enterprise, and an examination of the barriers that have prevented trade unions from effectively representing workers' interests during the transition. Ashwin's analysis is based on an ethnographic case study of a South Kuzbass coal mine. Starting from interviews with workers and trade union activists, Ashwin relates large-scale political, social and economic changes to the dilemmas of everyday life, showing how workers' responses to reform are influencing the post-communist recomposition of the Russian state and economy.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
The anatomy of patience: Russian workers in transition from communismp. 1
Vishnovka: portrait of a mining settlement in transitionp. 37
Taldym: privatisation and its discontentsp. 65
We always lead the way': the Taldym trade union committee in transitionp. 84
Shop-floor trade unionism: the prospects of 'reform from below'p. 111
'Our mine': workers and the labour collectivep. 120
The lampovaya: the stunted collectivism of the immediate work groupp. 146
Surviving the transition: individual and collective strategiesp. 168
Conclusionp. 180
Referencesp. 190
Indexp. 197
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