Cockerham, William C. (2000). Health lifestyles in Russia. Social Science and Medicine, 51(9)
Utilizing data from the nationwide Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), this paper analyzes health lifestyles in Russia. Heavy alcohol use & smoking, a high-fat diet, & lack of leisure-time exercise are the principal culprits in fostering high rates of heart disease & other causes of premature mortality. This is especially the situation for middle-age, working-class males whose mortality is greater than any other segment of society. This paper focuses on alcohol use as a particularly lethal component of male lifestyles & presents a theoretical argument, grounded in the work of Weber &, especially, Bourdieu, that poor health lifestyles & practices are largely the outcome of structural conditions (life chances) rather than agency (life choices). Societal & group norms & routine practices can adversely affect longevity, & this is the case for Russian male blue-collar workers in the middle period of their life course. 4 Tables, 1 Figure, 55 References. Adapted from the source document.
Social Science and Medicine
Cockerham, William C.