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Society, Politics and Demography: The Example of Soviet History

ALAIN BLUM
Czech Sociological Review
Vol. 4, No. 1 (SPRING 1996), pp. 81-95
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41106927
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Of particular interest within the history of the USSR is how a very strong political desire to disrupt society, its foundations, its structure and its functioning wholly achieved these goals. The notably uneven history of the USSR leads the author to examine the marks it left on social behavioural patterns. This article - with the analysis both of demographic behaviour and the relation between political decisions regarding this and the subsequent social response as point of departure - attempts to provide preliminary answers to these questions. It reveals a real autonomy of behaviour in the face of often fluctuating decisions and therefore offers a reflection on the nature of political constraints. The article makes explicit, through several examples, the particular place statistical administration occupies at the junction between politics and society. Thus it becomes possible to propose a number of hypotheses on an increasing estrangement between the political world and individuals.

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