Patterns of Deprivation in the Soviet Union Under Brezhnev and Gorbachev

Patterns of Deprivation in the Soviet Union Under Brezhnev and Gorbachev

Author: Mervyn Matthews
ISBN: 978-0-8179-8831-9
Publication Date: 10/1/1989

The social consequences of deficits of consumer goods and services in the USSR have been sadly neglected by researchers in the West. Yet the existence of widespread poverty some seven decades after the revolution must be counted as one of the great failures of the Soviet experience.

This study focuses on important aspects of daily life—food, clothing, housing, education, occupational and educational mobility, employment, and the prestige of various occupations—mainly among poor, urban Soviet families. Most of this information pertains to the years 1977–1979; however, the study explores Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership in this sphere through the policies of glasnost and perestroika and assesses their initial impact on Soviet society.

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Mervyn Matthews

Mervyn Matthews holds a Readership in Soviet Studies at Surrey University, Guildford, England. His primary research interests are Soviet social structure, social problems, and politics.

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