The Brezhnev years
in Gender and housing in Soviet Russia
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This chapter examines the Brezhnev era and the unanticipated problems which the ‘single family apartment’ had spawned in the course of a generation. The housing shortage continued to have a negative impact on byt and other aspects of personal life, particularly those relating to gender. A greater encouragement of housing construction cooperatives and convoluted process of exchanging apartments were major features of the Brezhnev housing programme. One of the major types of apartment exchange was to replace a relatively large apartment for two small ones so that adult offspring could enjoy a private family life. The new byt involved an attempt to ensure that the privatisation of the family was combined with a sense of social responsibility. The increased privatisation of family life had some negative aspects.

Gender and housing in Soviet Russia

Private life in a public space

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