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:

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Housing policy in reality amounted to simply trying to deal with the housing crisis in the cheapest way possible. It was claimed that women had the most to gain from communal living. The ‘Great Patriotic War’ resulted in enormous damage to the housing stock. It also led to the drastic depletion of the population. Both led in a need for more and better housing. Communal housing continued to exist alongside the single-family apartment. The Soviet Union may not have succeeded in bringing about genuine communal living, but it did bring together people from very different professions and educational backgrounds, placing them in the same districts, streets and apartments. Housing remains a problematic issue in post-Soviet Russia, but in a different way; instead of the ‘equality in poverty’ of the Soviet period, there is now a sharp differentiation between the housing of different socioeconomic groups.

Keywords: housing policy; communal living; Great Patriotic War; communal housing; Soviet Union; single-family apartment; equality in poverty

Chapter.  3478 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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