Karine Clément 1
  • 1 Saint Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab., 13B, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation 199034

Social Imagination and Solidarity in Precarious Times: The Case of Lower Class People in Post-Soviet Russia

2017, vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 53–71 [issue contents]
The paper seeks to enrich existing literature on group making by studying the process of group formation among lower class people in post-soviet Russia, which provides important findings on the way precarization and atomization in global neoliberal capitalism can be overcome. Drawing on a large database consisting of in-depth interviews in different regions and a few observations, the study sheds light on the way social ties and social imagination can develop among lower class people, who have been subjected to harsh social and economic destabilization. First, a process of inhabiting one’s social and material environment has to enfold, along with the recovering of habitus or a sense of occupying a “normal” place in society, and regular interactions with people recognized as occupying a similar place. Second, rootedness in one’s everyday experience gives lower class people the capacity to grasp the broader social space and to draw some lines of differentiation and division, while populist and anti-populist discourses can provide the background for acknowledging and naming new social divisions. To grasp these processes, the author argues, a comeback to such classics of critical (or structural-constructivist) sociology, as Marx and Bourdieu, would be useful.
Citation: Clément K. (2017) Sotsial'noe voobrazhenie i solidarnost' v prekarnoe vremya: sluchaytrudyashchikhsya klassov v postsovetskoy Rossii [Social Imagination and Solidarity in Precarious Times: The Case of Lower ClassPeople in Post-Soviet Russia]. The Russian Sociological Review, vol. 16, no 4, pp. 53-71 (in Russian)
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