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2005. Vol. 6. No. 2

Full text of the journal

Editor’s Foreword
P. 4–6


Philippe Steiner
A New Big Work about Durkheim and Economic Sociology
P. 7–11

New Texts

Oksana Sinyavskaya
Informal Employment in Russia: Measurement, Scale and Dynamics
P. 12–28

There are many approaches towards informal employment, including different ways of its determination, measurement and interpretation of its nature. This paper gives another approach to define and estimate the informal employment. The paper discusses the results of its scale assessments and its main characteristics that were received with the help of secondary analysis of the population survey conducted within the project on middle classes of the Moscow Carnegie Center*. It is the first time when the issue of dynamics and stability of individual status is raised. It was possible to investigate the dynamics due to the panel data of RLMS. The paper ends by the discussion of the nature of Russian informal employment and its possible development in the future.

New Translations

Karin Knorr Cetina, Urs Bruegger
Market as an Object of Attachment: Exploring Postsocial Relations in Financial Markets
P. 29–49

The paper bases on the assumption of bigger spread and significance of object worlds in the social world. According to this assumption this flow of object worlds leads to the transformation of the people relation models which could be identified as post-social forms. These forms include object relations in which the objects are lifeless. It is the first time when such question appeared (in the new history): Is it really so that the biggest interest for people is other people?  As many studies showed the risks are the constant part of the contemporary human relations  and are linked to the objects as well as to people themselves. “Post-social forms” interfere into the social relations and the former lose their meanings. We could understand this phenomenon only if we think over the traditional notions according to which the objects are seen as just abstract technologies or fetish products that restrict any human or capital potential (К. Marks). Here we analyze in details the term of post-social ties, grounded on the idea of demand dynamics and its impossibility of realization. This phenomenon is traced with the help of the example of financial markets: traders relate to the markets as objects of attachment based on the repeated actions of non-implementation. 

Insight from the Regions

Margarita Kurbatova, Sergei Levin, Natalia Aparina
Interrelation of Authorities and Business on the Municipal Level: Practices in Kemerovskaya Oblast
P. 50–68

The creation of the favorable conditions for the business development depends on the search of the opportunities to increase effectiveness of the interaction with regional and local authorities. Different regions have their own practices. The authors assume that there is a difference between the normative picture of the business-authorities relations derived from the formal norms of the country and the real institutional model depicted from the formal and informal rules of interaction between authorities and business in a particular region. The research is focused on the real institutional model of business and authorities interaction on municipal level. The federal level is considered as a main source of formal norms and a source of problems that are solved by the regional and municipal authorities in the process of interaction with business. The regional level is considered as the source of the informal norms and basic practices that frame the conditions of the authorities and business interaction on the municipal level. 

Debut Studies

Kirill Titaev
How Much does the Exam Cost for People? The Essay about the Corruption in Higher Education
P. 69–82

The first part of the paper is devoted to the description of the embeddedness of the corruption mechanisms into the system of higher education. The second part is built on the quantitative data (survey in Irkutsk) and is focused on the scales of the corruption interactions in the contemporary higher education.

Professional Reviews

Maria Dobryakova, Evgenia Nadezhdina
«Be the leader», or «Everything is to your pocket»: Comparative Description of the Moscow Advertisement in the Metro and Outdoor Advertising
P. 83–91

New Books

Patrik Aspers
Book Review: Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization: Markets, Networks and Hierarchies / Ed. by O. Favereau, E. Lazega.
P. 92–94

Research Projects

Parents and Children, Men and Women in the Family and Society (International Program «Generation and Gender» in Russia)
P. 96–99


Denis Strebkov
Sociology of Internet
P. 100–115


Third Scientific Conference of the Independent Institute for Social Policy «Social Policy: Challenges of the XXI Century»
P. 116–117

6th International Scientific Conference Of the State University Higher School of Economics “Economic Modernization and Institutional Growth”. Section 2. «Formation and compatibility of the institutions»
P. 118–120

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