by Svetlana Yaroshenko, St. Petersburg State University, Russia I began researching poverty in Russia in the early 1990s, when liberal market reforms were implemented. Poverty was regarded as the cost of the radical societal transformation during the transition from the Soviet distributive system to the capitalist system. It was assumed that the introduction of the […]

 by Mikhail Chernysh, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, and member of the ISA Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) and Thematic Group on Human Rights and Social Justice (TG03). Vladimir Yadov belonged to the generation of Russians born before the Great War (WWII) but came of age after it. He was […]

by Andrei Alekseev, St. Petersburg, Russia Six years ago we celebrated Vladimir Alexandrovich’s 80th birthday. Yadov passed away in his 87th year on the night of July 2, 2015. One might say: “as a result of a lengthy and incurable disease.” However, until the last minute his mind was sharp as ever and he even […]

by Tatyana Protasenko, Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia The first time I met Vladimir Alexandrovich Yadov was during the department meeting at the Philosophy Faculty of the Leningrad State University, where I worked as a stenographer at the same time as being a student. As I recall it was at […]

by Valentina Uzunova, Kunstkamera, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia Vladimir Alexandrovich Yadov once gave a course on “Applied Sociological Research” at the Faculty of Philosophy. He was so involved in his lecture that he suddenly fell off the platform. It turned out that the blackboard was longer than the stage on which he […]

by the Public Sociology Laboratory, St. Petersburg, Russia The Public Sociology Laboratory is an independent research group of leftist scholars and activists in St. Petersburg. Some of us took part in student protests against the commercialization of education, and the corruption and profanation of science in the sociology department at Moscow State University in 2007-2008, […]

by Natalia Tregubova and Valentin Starikov, St. Petersburg State University, Russia In Russian the word “soviet” means 1) council, assembly, board; 2) advice, recommendation, suggestion; 3) harmony, concord. As a term, it refers to a specific kind of political organization, introduced after the October Revolution of 1917, that radically transformed political power: “Councils of the […]

by Ellen Kuhlmann, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; Tuba Agartan, Providence College, USA; Debby Bonnin, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Javier Pablo Hermo, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia; Monika Lengauer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany; Shaun Ruggunan, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; and Virendra P. Singh, University of Allahabad, […]

Piotr Smirnov, Professor at St. Petersburg State University, Russia Abstract: This polemical comment expresses agreement with the key statements of the above-mentioned article by Ivan Szelenyi – in particular, the crisis of sociology (not only in the US) in the field of theory and methodology; and the necessity to return to a time when sociology […]

by Vladimir Ilin, State University of St. Petersburg, Russia The Eighteenth Congress of the International Sociological Association took place in Yokohama, July 13-19. Writing about the Congress is an unrewarding task: whatever one says, there will always be someone who will argue the opposite. With over 6,000 participants, it was such a large-scale event that […]