The Khrushchev era: ‘To every family its own apartment’

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:
The Khrushchev era: ‘To every family its own apartment’

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This chapter is concerned with the Khrushchev era and the enormous housing programme which attempted to deliver ‘to every family its own apartment’. Khrushchev admitted that the apartments would not be luxurious. Despite Khrushchev's insistence that newly-weds would be entitled to their own apartments, in reality there was little chance of a young married couple with no children receiving an apartment. Women suffered considerable discrimination in housing distribution. It was not only residents of self-build or cooperative housing who were able to feel themselves ‘masters of their world’. The attempt to achieve a high degree of standardisation in the self-contained apartment might have been a way of counteracting its potential for creating a degree of privacy. The Khrushchev housing programme did constitute a major turning point. The Soviet Union was ideologically opposed to the private home ownership which was a prominent part of the American Dream.

Keywords: housing programme; Khrushchev; apartments; housing distribution; Soviet Union; American Dream

Chapter.  11489 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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