The study was dedicated to the study of the patterns and characteristics of the evolution of the peasant family in the context of the demographic transition. The subject of the research has been studied fragmentarily. The only generalizing work written in a historical and demographic key and specially dedicated to the Russian rural family in the 20th century belongs to the pen of O.M. Verbitskaya. The reason for this situation lies, among other things, in an insufficient source base, as well as in the focus of research practices oriented on studying mainly political and economic processes, where family problems are considered in the background.
The basis of this study was the primary materials of budget statistics, on the basis of which the information resource was created. It is itself a database consisting of two tables describing the composition and economy of a peasant / collective farm family for 1928/1929 and 1963. The database was formed as an open multipurpose resource and has an independent value, it is located on the project page at: idun.urfu.ru/index.php.
The fundamental importance of budget statistics in comparison with other sets of sources (population census) is that it allows you to study the internal dynamics of the family, relying on the concept and methods of modeling the life cycle. In the sociology of the family, these methods became widespread in the 1970s-1980s, without affecting the earlier stages. The questionnaires of budget surveys preserved in the archives provide an idea of the structure, typology, dynamics, typical and atypical variants of family development at different historical stages.
The methodology for modeling the life cycle of a peasant family developed within the framework of the project can be considered as a significant result of the project.
Qualitative changes in the family and marriage sphere of peasant life took place under the influence of not only objective factors (urbanization, industrialization, changes in the reproduction regime), but also subjective (politics and ideology), as well as demographic disasters. Taking them into account, the following stages of the demographic transition of the Russian peasant family can be distinguished:
The structural and typological analysis of the peasant / collective farm family as a whole confirmed the conclusions available in the scientific historical and demographic literature on the general patterns of demographic transition, which include nuclearization, a decrease in typological diversity, a decrease in family size, fertility and marriage rates. The result of the influence of demographic catastrophes was the spread of incomplete families, the formation of the nucleus of which was associated with the illegitimate birth of children. In general, an incomplete family as a typical element of the social landscape of a village in the second half of the 20th century is formed not only under the influence of war and rural migration, emancipation, the establishment of a new reproduction regime (low birth rate / low mortality) and the transformation of traditional family values played a role. The superposition of these factors led to a synergistic effect and influenced the qualitative restructuring of the peasant family, which can be designated by the concept of “involution”.
The civilizational features characteristic of Russia as a whole and the Urals, in particular, include a high level of marriage and the age at first marriage. In 1989, it remained at practically the same level as at the end of the 19th century.
Thus, the study of the history of the peasant family in the XX century with the involvement of primary materials of budget statistics allowed:
The research results have been tested at 17 all-Russian and international conferences and are presented in 20 publications, including 3 articles in journals indexed in WoS and Scopus, 2 in journals from the VAK list. Based on the results of the study, a manuscript of the monograph was prepared (13 printed sheets).
The project was running from 2018 to 2020 and is now completed.
Created / Updated: 10 April 2020 / 30 July 2021
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