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Politics of Care in Contemporary Russia

Chair: Maija Jäppinen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Discussant: Ulla Pape (University of Bremen, Germany)
Elena Zdravomyslova (European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia): Active Ageing as Discursive Construction
Elena Bogdanova (Centre for Independent Social Research, Saint Petersburg, Russia): An Access Towards Social Care as Stratifying Base: Aging in Russian Province
Zhanna Chernova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia), Larisa Shpakovaskaia (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia) and Meri Kulmala (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland): Changing Ideal of Care in Russian Child Welfare: from Institutions to Family Care
Julia Zelikova (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia): Aging and Welfare State in Russia: Solidarity and Intergenerational Conflicts

Russia´s welfare regime has been under drastic changes since the collapse of the socialist welfare state model. The papers in the panel investigate care regimes in contemporary Russia through the exploration of different categories of care recipients, namely the elderly people and children left without parental care. In both areas of social policy (elderly care and child welfare), the Russian government has introduced several policy programs that follow global trends and can be characterized as neo-liberal – at least at the level of ideas. Russia is now, for instance, undergoing a massive child welfare reform which changes the locus of care of children without parental care from institutions into families (or family-like institutional setting). In the field of elderly care, slogan-like healthy and active ageing are on the agenda. In both spheres, at the level of policies quality of care is highly emphasized which affects the understanding and ideals of care. The papers examine the ideas and ideologies of the recent policies as well as their practical implementation at the level of care services – and what would those mean in terms of conceptualizing care regimes. The authors discuss such concepts as privatization, familialization and deinstitutionalization of care through the different categories of care recipients. The discussion aims at drawing parallels, similarities, and differences in care regimes in contemporary Russia from the viewpoint of different groups as well as understand the changes in the ideal of care over time.