Educational infrastructure created in condition of social exclusion: “Kyrgyz’ clubs” for migrant children in Moscow
The article demonstrates how the situation of social exclusion affects the strategies that migrants and their children experience vis-à-vis the preschooleducation system of the host society. We use the example of two private institutions established in Moscow by Kyrgyz migrants to explore their role in helping integrate migrant children into the host society. The article examines the role that the Kyrgyz community plays in the life of labor migrants in Moscow, and the reasons why private migrant infrastructure is created today by people from this particular country, even though eventually migrants from other countries use it as well. The author concludes that in recent years, migrants have been creating private infrastructure in Russia as an alternative to the public one. It replaces state institutions for migrants that are not accessible to them. Migrants also view it as one of the channels for entering the Russian society and state institutions. These centers not so much help migrants’ children to escape social isolation, as compensate for the lack of adjustment programs in Russian schools.
The concept of social exclusion is currently regarded by researchers in social sciences as a multi-dimensional phenomenon which covers a number of interrelated aspects at a time. It normally involves exclusion from economic life, social services, public life and social networks. In 2010, the European Union adopted “Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth” for the period until 2020 which identified clear and quantifiable parameters for reducing the number of the socially excluded in the EU countries. However, no consensus is yet reached at the international level as to the definition of the concept of social exclusion as to the methodology to measure it. The European Union, World Bank, OECD and UN agencies are still using different indicators for assessing poverty, deprivation and social exclusion. In the Russian Federation, the category of social exclusion is rather a theoretical concept than a specific instrument for transforming and implementing social policies. Most Russian studies are discussing the problems of measuring social exclusion at the national level or among specific socially vulnerable population groups. Meanwhile there are now studies concerning spatial dimension of the level of social exclusion of the population of Russian regions. This study is designed to fill this existing gap.
This article makes an attempt to look at the contemporary concepts of social exclusion and social inclusion from the position of such challenges of a global society as multiculturalism, as this perspective pays attention not only to structural inequality, but also to cultural, ideological and behavioural aspects which are in charge of the marginal position of some groups, communities and individuals. A primary role of an individual in building up the “bridging social capital” is presented in order to develop trust – in a framework of the action paradigm – and therefore promote social integration in society. The analysis is built on a number of Western and Russian policies, initiatives and practices that aimed at educating our society in terms of social inclusion and at attracting attention to an increasing number of the reasons for social exclusion. An emphasis is placed on the processes of social inclusion of the migrants as well as on a general capability of the social inclusion as such to exist in a multicultural society.
Recent decades were turbulent for the Russian economy. They include the transformational output fall until 1998, recovery in 1999-2008, and stagnation after the global crisis of 2008. What were main drivers of performance of the Russian economy in these years? The present chapter highlights three main sources of growth, which are windfall profits from energy export, technology catching up in manufacturing, finance and business services, and the negative influence of expanding informal economy to aggregate labour productivity growth.
The present study reports, that oil and gas money fuelled Russian growth in the form of capital services in extended mining and market services. The contribution of capital input was higher in years of soaring oil prices. One more factor of growth was catching up in manufacturing, which is rooted in the fact that Russia, as well as other Central and East European socialist economies on the eve of transition from plan to market, were backwards in technologies in comparison with advanced economies. Finally, the remarkable peculiarity of the Russian economy is the expanding share of informal labour, especially in years of outstanding growth before 2008. This makes Russia, to a certain extent, similar to India. Splitting industries into formal and informal segments and estimating the contribution of labour reallocation we report, that expanding informality slowdowns labour productivity growth.
The article deals with the gender and class aspects of mechanisms of exclusion and barriers to access to public services for migrants from former Soviet national republics in contemporary Russia, with a focus on Armenian women's practices of using the healthcare and pre-school care services. The author analyzes institutional and cultural barriers to access to services. Institutional barriers are created by legal status of migrants. The absence of citizenship presents a constraint on obtaining public medical services. Use of pre-school care services (kindergarten) contradicts the gender culture shared by Armenian women. These cultural barriers are discussed in the context of migrants' gender culture. Gender culture is conceptualized through the concept of the gender paradigm as a main cultural code providing meaning to women's everyday practices. For Armenian women the gender paradigm is described as patriarchy. Social exclusion and strategies of coping with the patriarchy also have the class dimension. Institutional barriers are overcome using economic and social resources of migrants. The norms of patriarchal gender culture are interpreted pragmatically and are less rigid among educated classes.
Presenting the findings of a major research project, this volume investigates the regional, ethnic and socio-cultural aspects of poverty and social exclusion in Russia in recent years. In-depth household interviews and survey data allowed teams from the UK, Denmark and Russia to compare different societies and communities in Russia across several different themes: the definition of poverty in different regional, ethnic and socio-cultural settings; the reproduction and formation of poverty subcultures in different societies and communities; the ethnic/national and political values of poor people; the readiness of poor people for social protest; and a comparison of Russia with other EU countries. Offering a wealth of original data collected following a period of rapid impoverishment of the Russian population, the study considers the challenge this presents to Western European models of poverty and social exclusion.
The world, of late, has seen a productivity slowdown. Many countries continue to recover from various shocks in the macro business environment, along with structural changes and inward looking policies. In contemporary times of growth slumps, various exits and protectionist regimes, this book engages with the study of productivity dynamics in the emerging and industrialized economies. The essays address the crucial aspects, such as the roles of human capital, investment accounting and datasets, that help understanding of productivity performance of global economy and its several regions.
Several approaches to the concept of fatherhood present in Western sociological tradition are analyzed and compared: biological determinism, social constructivism and biosocial theory. The problematics of fatherhood and men’s parental practices is marginalized in modern Russian social research devoted to family and this fact makes the traditional inequality in family relations, when the father’s role is considered secondary compared to that of mother, even stronger. However, in Western critical men’s studies several stages can be outlined: the development of “sex roles” paradigm (biological determinism), the emergence of the hegemonic masculinity concept, inter-disciplinary stage (biosocial theory). According to the approach of biological determinism, the role of a father is that of the patriarch, he continues the family line and serves as a model for his ascendants. Social constructivism looks into man’s functions in the family from the point of view of masculine pressure and establishing hegemony over a woman and children. Biosocial theory aims to unite the biological determinacy of fatherhood with social, cultural and personal context. It is shown that these approaches are directly connected with the level of the society development, marriage and family perceptions, the level of egality of gender order.