This is the first study in Russia to examine the key ideas of the theory of social stratification of transforming societies. It reveals the dynamics of stratification systems and presents an analysis of the trend of reproduction of real social groups, processes of emergence of national elites, groups of major property holders, the middle class; as well as the composition and condition of the lower social strata.Addressed to researchers and lecturers, postgraduates and students specializing in the field of social, economic, and political sciences.
Social entrepreneurship is a new phenomenon in the Russian practice. This is the first Russian publication that represents the practice of social entrepreneurship in Russia and in the world considering of its diversity and research potential. The book summarizes the information related to the development of social entrepreneurship in different countries, as well as advanced research in this new field, and describes in detail the activities of eleven foreign and four Russian companies which represent different practical aspects of social entrepreneurship. The annex contains a brief description of the data acquired by the pilot research project on social entrepreneurship, which completed in 2009 with in partnership with the Russian Microfinance Center with support from Oxfam (UK). Identifying and studying the Russian practice of social entrepreneurship was made possible by cooperation of the authors with the Foundation of regional social programs “Our Future” (Russia). Information on the international case study is based on the data from scholarship of Ashoka foundation, a global organization supporting social entrepreneurs.
This book can be useful for researchers, teachers and students specializing in management,
sociology, institutional economics, and the theory of entrepreneurship, as well as business practitioners.
The monograph reviews and systematizes available empirical studies of power dynamics in urban communities, from the mid-20th century to the present day when it has become one of the most advanced branches of the sociology of power. It discusses some of the traditional explanations on the distribution of political power in cities; cognitive models that have been used in empirical studies of power, including their methodological, theoretical and conceptual foundations; polemics among competing schools of thought in their understanding of power dynamics; research findings and their implications; specific issues and challenges of studying political power in other social and political contexts; the heuristic potential of modern research methods and their applicability to studying political power in contemporary Russian society.
This book comes at a time when the late 20th century's illusions of the 'withering away' of social classes, the triumph of the welfare state, and the prosperity of the middle class are being challenged worldwide. Recent history confirms the revival of class conflict, growing inequality, and a lack of opportunities for the lower classes.
The author looks at contemporary Russia as part of Eurasian civilization and as a netocratic society that is not authentically bourgeois, and describes the country's social stratification as a combination of class-related (dominant) and socio-professional hierarchies.