The Russian Worker: Life and Labor Under the Tsarist Regime

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Victoria E. Bonnell
University of California Press, 1983 - History - 216 pages
Here, for the first time in English translation, are contemporary accounts of working-class life during the final decades of the Russian Empire. Written by workers and other close observers of their milieu, these five selections recreate the world of Russian labor during a period of rapid industrialization and social change, a world far more complex and varied than has often been assumed. The accounts in The Russian Worker explore the daily experiences, social relations, and aspirations of factory, artisanal, and sales-clerical workers, both in and outside the place of employment. Through the eyes of contemporaries we see the routine, the organization of work, and authority relations on the shop floor as well as conditions that workers encountered in providing for food and lodging and their experiences in the areas of religion, recreation, cultural activities, family ties, and links with the countryside. With its vivid and detailed descriptions of working-class life, The Russian Worker provides new material on such important topics as the formation of workers' social identities, the position of women, patterns of stratification, and workers' concepts of status differentiation. An introductory essay by Victoria Bonnell places the selections in a historical context and examines some of the central issues in the study of Russian labor. The collection will be of value not only to specialists in the Russian field, but also to historians, sociologists, economists, and others with an interest in the sociology of work, and the history of working women.
 

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Contents

S I Kanatchikov From the Story of My Life
36
P Timofeev What the Factory Worker Lives By
72
F P Pavlov Ten Years of Experience Excerpts
114
E A Oliunina The Tailoring Trade in Moscow
154
A M Gudvan Essays on the History of
186
Selected Bibliography
209
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Victoria E. Bonnell is Professor of Sociology and Chair of tVictoria E. Bonnell is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the Univerhe Center for Slavic and East European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, author of "Iconography of Powesity of California, Berkeley, author of "Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin" (Califorr: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin" (California, 1997), and editor of "The Russian Worker: Life and Labonia, 1997), and editor of "The Russian Worker: Life and Labor under the Tsarist Regime" (California, 1983), among other r under the Tsarist Regime" (California, 1983), among other works. Lynn Hunt is Annenberg Professor of History at the Unworks. Lynn Hunt is Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, and is author of "The Family Romaniversity of Pennsylvania, and is author of "The Family Romance of the French Revolution" (California, 1992), and editor ce of the French Revolution" (California, 1992), and editor of "The New Cultural History" (California, 1989), among otheof "The New Cultural History" (California, 1989), among other works. r works.

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