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About Inna Leykin

Inna Leykin is an assistant professor of anthropology at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. As a cultural anthropologist, she studies interactions between cultures of intellectual expertise and policymaking, democratic transformations in postsocialist countries, and emerging practices of the self in contemporary Russia. Her manuscript in progress, Population Prescriptions: The Ethics and Politics of Russia’s Demographic Crisis, explores how the post-Soviet demographic reality came to be conceived as a dramatic national problem and an object of government intervention and popular concern.

Articles by Inna Leykin

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The caring state: how Russia’s new babushkas are filling in the welfare gaps

Expectations of babushki taking care of their grandchildren, shaped by the Soviet history of family and economic policies, are hard to implement in a radically different post-socialist context.

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