Women and the Birth of Russian Capitalism: A History of the Shuttle Trade

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By the mid-1990s, shuttle trade - a practice in which individual peddlers travel abroad and then return with foreign merchandise in their suitcases for resale-constituted the backbone of Russian consu...
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By the mid-1990s, shuttle trade - a practice in which individual peddlers travel abroad and then return with foreign merchandise in their suitcases for resale-constituted the backbone of Russian consumer trade and was a substantial source of revenue. Despite its importance to the Russian economy, there has been very little scholarship dedicated to the shuttle trade and its participants, most of whom were women. In this enlightening study, Irina Mukhina assesses the reasons why women were attracted to this business, the range of the personal experiences of female shuttle traders, and the social impact of women's involvement in this sort of economic activity. By analyzing the social and gendered dimensions of the shuttle trade, Mukhina argues, we can begin to understand more broadly how gender shaped the "transition" period associated with the end of Communist regimes in Eastern Europe. She demonstrates how women traders facilitated the transition to the market economy in Russia as well as how the difficulties that these women faced highlight the gap between the rhetoric of free market economy and the actual market practices.
Uitgever John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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ISBN/EAN 9780875804804
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