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2016 v. 14 no 4


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Guest Editor: Irina Grigorieva

  Theories of ageing have been recently developed and modified in Russia, as well as abroad. In the 1990s, World Bank specialists offered the notion of ‘Old Age Crisis’ popularized due to the very unique situation that global society found itself in: societies were becoming more and more aged across the globe. It has been argued that ageing influences societal structures no less than globalization. It is because of this that new theories of ageing are on demand. Russian sociologists are urged to explain socio-economic effects of new possibilities, predict social changes and relations that are caused by ageing societies.

In this issue, people of age are regarded in relation to the overall society, and not in the classic dichotomous view ‘burden’ vs. ‘resource.’ International scholarship has offered developmental approach to the aged people that replaced the ‘care approach.’ The developmental approach aims at using the existing demographic changes to the benefit of societies transforming them to the societies for all ages. This means that a variety of issues should be studied: societal opinion on the people of age, self-identifications of the aged persons, transforming levels of education and claims and so forth. Institutional frames stricture subjective movements, but even though new spaces of possibilities are opened up in present situation.

Current research of ageing in Russia is biased by medical and demographic assumptions. This issue will consider manuscripts that deal with new approaches to ageing and social policy in this regard.

 We invite authors who work with the following topics:

  • Social policy priorities in the situation of ageing societies
  • People of age between work, care and consumption: discursive practices and variety of identifications
  • ‘Quality of life’ vs. ‘Welfare’: main terms
  • Welfare for the aged persons in micro-, mezzo- and macro-levels: main indicators and measurements
  • Regional specificities in socio-economic positions of the people of age in Russia
  • People of age in contemporary society: beneficiaries or losers
  • Performative aspects of age (ageing display)
  • Generational, group, and personal identity of aged persons
  • Intergenerational interactions and relationships, sequences and gaps, solidarities and conflicts
  • Age and the body: regulation of ageing body and social norm
  • New technologies of care for the aged people: from health to care
  • New professions in the ageing societies: body designer or geriatrician
  • Emotional life and sexuality of the people of age
  • The ‘third age’ as a period of new possibilities, and its representation in film and literature

The length of the text
, including tables, diagrams, footnotes and bibliographies, should not exceed 37,000 characters including spaces. More detailed guidelines can be found on the JSPS website. Articles in Russian or English will be considered. Texts should be sent to by email to jsps@hse.ru by the 1st of July 2017 with the subject heading ‘The Change of Paradigm in Ageing Studies.’



'I can(not) say': Sexual Violence in Russia



 Guest Editor: Marianna Muravyeva

 According to statistics issued by Russia's Ministry of the Interior, in the first six months of 2016 there were 2385 rapes and sexual assaults, while for the whole of 2015 the figure reached 3936. This suggests that five cases of rape occur per 100,000 women in Russia. However, criminologists and specialists from other disciplines have suggested these figures are not representative; the extent of rape is concealed as only one in six cases of the crime are actually reported to the police. In recent years the latency of these sexual crimes has increased. A recent Facebook flash mob movement entitled ‘I can(not) say’ (#яНеБоюсьСказати), was started by Anastasia Melnychenko and encouraged hundreds of thousands of women to discuss their experiences of sexual violence. This has brought the issue to far wider audiences than just the activists of women’s organizations or those who have experienced sexual violence; it is now an issue of strong interest to society in general, not only in Russia but also in the post-Soviet space as a whole.

The current state of research into the field of sexual violence in Russia is far from satisfactory. As the study of sexual violence to women is often strongly linked to a feminist agenda, the focus tends to be on practical matters such as systems offering post-rape rehabilitation. This edition invites authors employing multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of sexual violence and social policy in this field. Therefore the editorial board will consider articles on the following topics, although this list should not be taken as exhaustive:

  • The history of sexual violence in Russia
  • Sexual violence in modern Russia: criminal proceedings and protection
  • Social and criminological analyses on the typologies of sexual violence
  • Sexual violence and gender order
  • Sexual violence and trauma: the issues behind psychological, physical and social rehabilitation
  • NGOs, shelters and crisis centres: Systems of help and protection for victims of sexual violence
  • Sexual violence and ethnic communities: religion, nationality and approaches to sexual violence
  • Sexual violence and mass media.
  • Cultures of rape
  • Sexual violence and human rights
  • Sexual violence during military conflicts

The length of the text
, including tables, diagrams, footnotes and bibliographies, should not exceed 37,000 characters including spaces. More detailed guidelines can be found on the JSPS website. Articles in Russian or English will be considered, and must be accompanied with abstracts in both languages. Texts should be sent to by email to jsps@hse.ru by the 1st of February 2017 with the subject heading 'I can(not) say'.



We would like to invite researchers to participate

in a special issue


of the ‘Journal of Social Policy Studies,’ which has been entitled


The Deinstitutionalization of Orphanages in Modern Russia: Politics,
Community Initiatives and their Implementation.


Our guest editors are: Svetlana Biryukova, Zhanna Chernova, Meri Kulmala and Oksana Sinyavskaya.


At the present time Russia is witnessing large-scale reform of state policy providing support and protection for family and children. Since 2010, the main focus of these efforts shifted to so-called dysfunctional or troubled (neblagopoluchnyye) families and distinct categories of vulnerable children, especially those children without parental care. At the core of the reform is the idea that every child has the right to a family. Therefore the reform aims to dismantle Russia’s large-scale network of orphanages through the promotion of adoption within the country, as well as through the development of foster families as an institution and creating family support services to help prevent cases of child abandonment. The ultimate goal of the reform is ambitious; to ensure that nine out of ten children left without parental care end up living in families. Employing a system of institutional childcare is one of ways to implement the reform, however this entails radical changes; orphanages should be reoriented to work on the principles of family-style orphanages or retrain to be reclassified as family centres involved in preventive work with families (Decree №481 of 24 May 2014 ).


Throughout the current decade, it has been customary in the Russian context to view the welfare of children as the private responsibility of families, while, alongside this, the state created an institutional framework to provide quality support for families and their functioning. A new legislative framework that encourages links between the government, NGOs and business, will involve new actors in the field of family policy.


The current reforms, together with earlier legislative changes in the 2000s, seek to deinstitutionalize orphanhood, which implies a rejection of orphanages as the dominant form of state childcare, instead placing the family unit at the centre of care for orphans. This process is characterized by large-scale reductions in children's institutions, taking place in parallel with the development of foster families and other services as an institution. Similar processes are also underway outwith Russia. In the US and Western Europe the discussion on deinstitutionalization, which mostly took place from the 1960s to the 1980s, was followed by the closing of large institutions for orphans. A similar path was followed in Eastern Europe in the 1990s and 2000s.


Now there is a real need for new knowledge about the effects and consequences of these reforms in the Russian context. In this regard, the editors welcome contributions from authors working on theoretical or applied research in the following areas:


  • Institutional restructuring and the new functions of institutions for orphans and children without parental care;
  • Federal, regional and municipal legislation and practices used in implementing the deinstitutionalization of orphanhood;
  • The role of NGOs in policy formulation, implementation of reforms and the public oversight of its execution;
  • Social orphanhood as an aspect of corporate social policy;
  • Enforcement of children's rights in the context of the reforms;
  • The evolution of the role, rights and responsibilities of the various types of foster parents.



The total number of characters with spaces, including tables, figures, footnotes and a list of literature, should not exceed 35,000. More detailed guidelines for articles can be found on out website. We shall consider work done in Russian or English, accompanied by an abstract in the two languages.


The texts should be sent to the email address of the journal, jsps@hse.ru, before October 1, 2016 with the subject heading of ‘For the special issue on deinstitutionalization of orphanages in modern Russia: politics, community initiatives and their implementation.’ 




The Journal of Social Policy Studies provides a forum for scholarly discussion of different aspects of social policy in Russia and abroad. By placing at the center of its analysis the issues of contemporary social, economic, political and cultural transformations societies in transition as well as the reasons and consequences of such changes, the Journal integrates a wide range of disciplines. To contribute to the development of social policy as an academic discipline and to expand a cross-disciplinary research area in Russia, the journal publishes scholarly papers written from critical perspectives, which analyze social problems, reflect on the policy processes and rethink the impact of social policies on inequalities. The focus of articles ranges from macro-perspective of national and international social policy to specific cases on region and organizational levels.

The Journal of Social Policy Studies (JSPS) publishes major articles, disciplinary review essays, book reviews, and special sections, which involve various aspects of social policy including associated teaching and learning issues. In particular, the journal welcomes such articles, which integrate conceptual or theoretical ideas with the use of empirical evidence. The journal takes on the responsibility of translations from English into Russian.

The articles publishing in the JSPS are indexed and annotated by the following international bibliographic agencies and databases: Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Web of Science-RSCI, Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, San Diego, USA), International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK), EBSCO Information Services (Ipswich, MA, USA), Ulrich's Periodicals Directory.

ISSN - 1727-0634


FounderPavel Romanov

Constitutors - 
Higher School of Economics, Pavel Romanov, Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova 




Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, HSE, Russia

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Alexander Kondakov, EUSP, Russia

International Editor 

Richard Mole, University College London, UK

Journal Manager

Viktoria Yakovleva, HSE, Russia

Editorial Assistant

Radik Sadykov, HSE, Russia

Literary Editor of the English Content, Translator

Matthew John Mclachlan Blackburn, University of Glasgow, UK

Literary Editor, Proofreader

Ol’ga Khukhareva, HSE, Russia

Layout and Graphic Design

Viktoria Yakovleva, HSE, Russia

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