The Social Structure of the USSR: Recent Soviet Studies

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6. The Interconnection between Work
and Consumption

A Provisional Typological Analysis

A. A. OVSIANNIKOV

The analysis of the problem of work activity is confined, as a rule, to an examination of the sphere of production. The discussion usually covers improvements in rates of pay, raising the occupational and skill levels of workers, relations within the collective, and so forth. The shaping of economic wants and interests that encourage participation in social production and, hence, the measure of consumption resulting from work efforts, more often than not remain outside of the researchers' field of vision. But the successful stimulation of work activity requires the study of the mechanism of interaction between work and consumption activity.

Economic interests and work incentives are characterized primarily by the current state and developmental level of the consumption sphere. It makes no sense to speak of stimulating work activity without due observation of the relationship between the measure of work and the measure of consumption. [1]

The public's main sources of monetary income are work in social production, payments from the social consumption fund,

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Russian text © 1984 by "Nauka" Publishers. Vzaimosviaz' truda i potrebleniia: opyt tipologicheskogo analiza, Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniia, 1984, No. 1, pp. 84-87.

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