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Social transformation in the former Soviet Union

For a large part of the 20th Century, the Soviet Union constituted one-fifth of the world’s surface and was one of two world superpowers (with the USA). At the end of 1991, overnight, it ceased to exist as a political entity.


Sociology and Social Policy


This talk will explore some of the social transformations that have taken in the countries that emerged from what used to be the Soviet Union. Focusing on Russia, the talk will look at transformations in standards of living, life expectancy, gender relations, and systemic change, as post-Soviet countries tried to make the transition from state socialism to market democracy.

Why this is important

The former Soviet Union is a strategically important part of the world – and from a purely sociological perspective, it can tell us a lot about the inherent problems of our current form of capitalist economy (neo-liberalism).

Key descriptors

Social transformation; former Soviet Union

Year groups

Years 10/11

About the speaker

When not at work I do cross-country running, follow football, and try to improve my Russian language.

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