Russias Unknown Agriculture: Household Production in Post-Socialist Rural Russia

Hardcover | August 23, 2007

byJudith Pallot, Tatyana Nefedova

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Basing their findings on four years of research during which they studied rural districts drawn from a variety of contrasting regions of European Russia, the authors discuss the place of rural households in Russia's agri-food production system. They show that far from being solely concernedwith 'survival' household plots in contemporary Russia are increasingly used to produce crops and livestock products for the market. In the book they describe the rich variety of forms that small and independent farming takes today from highly localised clusters of cucumber or tomato producers tospecialization in crop or animal husbandry at a higher spatial scale or associated with particular ethnic groups. The authors systematically examine the influence on past and present practices of distance and the environment, the state of the large farm sector, local customs, and ethnicity on whathouseholds produce and how they produce it often using case studies of people they have met (plot holders, farmers, local officials) to illustrate their point. They criticise the tendency of the household production to be treated as the agricultural 'Other' in post-Soviet Russia and argue with theright incentives it has the potential for further development.

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Basing their findings on four years of research during which they studied rural districts drawn from a variety of contrasting regions of European Russia, the authors discuss the place of rural households in Russia's agri-food production system. They show that far from being solely concernedwith 'survival' household plots in contemporar...

Judith Pallot: Since 1980 Official Student of Christ Church - tutor in geography - and lecturer in the Oxford centre of the Environment where she gives lectures and classes on the former Soviet Union and Russia. Prior to 1980 Judith Pallot taught at Leeds University. She has been involved in Russian Studies since the early 1970s, an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:August 23, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199227411

ISBN - 13:9780199227419

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1. Meeting Ana Petrovna and others2. The practice and theory of personal subsidiary farming in Soviet and Russian agriculture3. The geographical diversity of rural household production4. The environmental resources of rural people's farms5. Household Production and the Large Farm Sector6. Ethno-cultural differentiation in household production7. Household production's nearest neighbours: small and independent farming in the Russian countryside8. Whither the household sector?Bibliography