Social stratification and inequalities in Eastern and Central Europe

Authored by: Ellu Saar , Avo Trumm

The Routledge International Handbook of European Social Transformations

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472477941
eBook ISBN: 9781315612942
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315612942-10

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Abstract

The experience of fast economic and political reforms implemented in different countries in the late 1980s has been associated with greater inequality and social stratification. The socialist societies were stratified into social groups in which social capital rather than economic capital determined a person’s status. These status groups have been replaced by social classes in the transition to market economies.

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