At the moment, I am writing the book The urban life of workers in post-Soviet Russia: Engaging in everyday struggle for Manchester University Press.

Despite the intense processes of deindustrialisation around the world, the working class continues playing an important role in post-industrial societies. However, working-class people are often stigmatized, morally judged and depicted negatively in dominant discourses.

The book challenges the stereotypical representations of workers, building on the results of a long-standing research into the everyday worlds of working-class and ordinary people residing in Russia’s post-industrial cities. The urban life of workers is centred on the stories of members of local communities presenting them as having a multitude of experiences and engaged in everyday struggle occurring in deindustrialising settings under neoliberal neo-authoritarianism.

It suggests a novel theory of urban life in post-industrial landscapes. Drawing on the analysis of rich multi-sensory data obtained through the ethnographic study with the elements of arts-based research, the book presents a new genre of writing about working-class people influenced by the avant-garde documentary tradition and working-class literature.

More information will follow soon!

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