Gender and housing in Soviet Russia

Private life in a public space

By Lynne Attwood

Gender and housing in Soviet Russia


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2286-5
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £26.00
  • Published Date: July 2017
  • BIC Category: Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Modern History, History, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, USSR, Soviet Union, Russia, European history, History & Archaeology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups
  • Series: Gender in History


This book explores the housing problem throughout the seventy years of Soviet history. It looks at changing political ideology on appropriate forms of housing under socialism, successive government policies on housing, and the meaning and experience of 'home' for Soviet citizens. Ultimately, it examines the use of housing to alter gender relations, and the ways in which domestic space was differentially experienced by men and women.

The material, taken from Soviet magazines and journals, demonstrates how official ideas on housing and daily life changed during the course of the Soviet era, and how they were propagandised to the population. Through a series of in-depth interviews, the book also draws on the memories of people with direct experience of Soviet housing and domestic life. More than a history of housing, the book is a social history of daily life which will appeal both to scholars and those with a general interest in the Soviet era.


1 New byt, new woman, new forms of housing
2 The new economic policy
3 Housing cooperatives
4 Communes, hostels and barracks
5 The 'Second Socialist Offensive'
6 The retreat from new byt.
7 Communal living by default
8 The Great Patriotic War and its aftermath
9 The Khrushchev era: 'To every family its own apartment'
10 The Brezhnev year.
11 The Gorbachev era: The end of a Socialist housing policy
12 Personal tales


Lynne Attwood is Senior Lecturer in Russian Studies at the University of Manchester

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