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Russia's Economy of Favours : Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange - Alena V. Ledeneva

Russia's Economy of Favours

Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange

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Published: 5th October 1998
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This book examines the little-known phenomenon of blat--the use of informal contacts and personal networks to obtain goods and services under the rationing that pervaded Soviet Russia. Alena Ledeneva analyzes the historical, socioeconomic and cultural aspects of blat, and explores its implications for post-Soviet Russia. The political and economic reforms introduced since the collapse of the Soviet Union have radically affected everyday practices, but an understanding of blat remains crucial for interpreting the social, economic and criminal problems that affect the development of a market economy in post-Soviet Russia.

'Russia's Economy of Favours provides fascinating insights into an important and neglected aspect of Soviet/Russian society. Anthropologists, sociologists, and historians will all benefit from this vivid and informed study, based on interview data from the early 1990s, of Russian networking practices. This work by a young Russian scholar is a fine example of an emerging post-Soviet Russian scholarship that combines theoretical sophistication with a solid empirical base and a native 'feel' for the situation.' Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Chicago 'In a most felicitous fashion this book weds analytical sophistication to the initimate, inside knowledge and 'feel' of Russian realities. Whether a seasoned expert in Russian history and culture or just a person interested in unfamiliar yet fascinating ways of life, the reader will be richly rewarded by a much deeper understanding of how Soviet and post-Soviet society, worked and goes on working, and what the experience of living in that society feels like.' Zygmunt Bauman, University of Leeds

List of cartoons
List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Blat: the unknown phenomenon
Understanding blat
The Soviet order: a view from within
The use of personal networks
Blat as a form of exchange: between gift and commodity
Networking in the post-Soviet period
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521627436
ISBN-10: 0521627435
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies , No 102
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 5th October 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39