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By Elena Khlinovskaya Rockhill

adolescence held a different position in Soviet society: noticeable because the key to a greater destiny, young ones have been imagined because the purely privileged classification. accordingly, the speedy emergence in post-Soviet Russia of the sizeable numbers of weak 'social orphans', or young ones who've dwelling kin yet develop up in residential care associations, stuck the general public without notice, resulting in discussions of the position and position of early life within the new society. in line with an in-depth research the writer explores dissonance among new post-Soviet different types of kinfolk and economic system, and lingering Soviet attitudes, revealing social orphans as an embodiment of a long-standing energy fight among the country and the kin. the writer uncovers parallels among (post-) Soviet and Western practices in baby welfare and attitudes in the direction of 'bad' moms, and proposes a brand new approach of examining kinship the place the nation is an crucial member.

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