Moral Economy of Urban Households

Denis Gruber,  St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia

Recommended Citation:
Gruber, Denis (2013) ‘Moral Economy of Urban Households‘, Social Phenomena. 2013 1(2), pp. 22-33.


The article is dedicated to the specifics of contemporary Russian households and the analysis of the strategies of the sustainable means of subsistence. This focus is on the influence of the 1998 and the 2008 crises on the behavior of Russian households, including their decision-making, gender and family relations, family planning and fertility, investment, consumption, family composition, etc. The attention is drawn to the opportunities the Russian urban households use to get the means of subsistence. It is suggested that that Russian urban households are forced to adhere to strategies of sustainable livelihoods or, at least “act without any plan” to find resources for sustainable development.

Keywords: moral economy, urban households, post-communist society, means of subsistence.

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