CitationHanley, Eric & McKeever, Matthew (2004). The urban peasant in Russia, myth or reality? Household agricultural production in urban Russia, 1996-2000.
AbstractIn this paper, we examine the issue of agricultural production among Russian urban households. We specifically test if such production is largely a leisure activity, as argued by Clarke (1999), or whether it contributes significantly to the survival of these households. We additionally examine which factors encourage or discourage agricultural production among these households. Using data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey, we find that agricultural production is a strategy that has been adopted disproportionately by middle-income groups with material and skill assets rather than households in the lowest income groups or those headed by single adults. Agricultural production among urban households in Russia, in other words, is reinforcing, rather than reducing, social inequalities.
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