The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

The "Children of Perestroika" Come of Age: Young People of Moscow Talk about Life in the New Russia

Synopsis

In 1992 Deborah Adelman returned to Moscow to meet once again with the young people who told their stories in The "Children of Perestroika". During the intervening three years, the teens had experienced not only major social and political upheavals, but also important changes in their personal lives: the death of a parent; love, marriage, and the prospect of children; for some, the beginning of a higher education; for others, military service and entry into a rapidly changing world of work. In this new book of interviews, the teens describe the trials and tribulations of their first years of adult life - the decisions they have made, and the hand that fate has dealt them and their families, in the chaotic and uncertain world of post-Soviet Russia.

Excerpt

In 1989, at the age of sixteen, Tanya was already planning a career as a teacher. From a working-class family, Tanya spoke of joining the ranks of the "workers' intelligentsia," which she viewed as a necessary link between workers and intellectuals. Class mobility and the gulf between workers and professionals were important issues for Tanya when she decided on a career in teaching.

Now nineteen, Tanya has finished her second year at a new experimental pedagogical college, where she is studying to become a primary-school teacher. She has one more year of studies to complete her training.

Tanya planned to marry her boyfriend, Seryozha, in September 1992. Seryozha is finishing his studies at a military school in Moscow, where he is training to become a border guard.

Olya

In 1989, just short her eighteenth birthday, Olya graduated from a vocational school, where she completed her secondary education and was trained as a printer in a polygraphics factory. Upon graduation, an unhappy Olya received a twoyear work assignment at the same factory. Although it had been Olya's decision to leave the academic track after the . . .

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