Housing cooperatives

Lynne Attwood

in Gender and Housing in Soviet Russia

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719081453
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701768 | DOI:
Housing cooperatives

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This chapter presents a discussion on housing cooperatives. Housing cooperatives were hailed as a first step on the path to communal living. They were a logical extension of the broader cooperative movement which had been heavily promoted during the War Communism period. They were also supposed to ensure that ‘the cooperative principle is carried into the utilisation of housing’. This meant that they had a duty to encourage their residents to embrace new byt, and ensure that they had the knowledge and skills to do so. The communal kitchen, communal laundries and communal child care were the crucial features of new byt. Rabotnitsa held women largely responsible for any improvements in cleanliness and hygiene.

Keywords: housing cooperatives; War Communism; new byt; Rabotnitsa; communal kitchen; communal laundries; communal child care

Chapter.  6410 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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