Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Housing the New Russia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jane R. Zavisca

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450372

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450372.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use. date: 27 May 2022

Mobility Strategies

Mobility Strategies

Searching for the Separate Apartment

(p.130) Chapter 6 Mobility Strategies
Housing the New Russia

Jane R. Zavisca

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines family-based strategies for acquiring a separate apartment under the conditions of property without markets, including inheritance, swapping, and marriage. The property rights of most owners today can be traced, directly or indirectly, to privatized socialist housing. To leverage privatized wealth, young Russians needed either the cooperation of older family members who were still alive, or an inheritance from those who had passed away. This chapter first considers the cultural logic of property rights before discussing young people's patterns of residence, registration, and home ownership. It then explores how young Russians try to improve their housing conditions and what cultural dispositions guide their strategies. It shows that young Russians diversify their possible routes to separate apartments, and secure those rights in case of divorce, by exploiting a perceived disjuncture between the residence, based on propiskas, and ownership, based on title, as the basis for legal claims to property.

Keywords:   separate apartments, inheritance, swapping, marriage, property rights, socialist housing, young people, home ownership, propiskas, family

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.