Justice of wages in Russian context

Justice of wages in Russian context

Chernysh M.F.

Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, First Deputy Director for Research and Education at the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia mfche@yandex.ru

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Chernysh M.F. Justice of wages in Russian context. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2014. No 8. P. 78-89


Perception of social justice is to a large extent determined by the distributive rela-tions existing in society. In the Russian society there is an ongoing debate as to whether thepopulation should be compensated for the losses incurred by unjust privatization. However,survey data show the “past story” of privatization has little or no effect on the evaluation of justice in contemporary Russian society. Wages have more influence on how it is evaluated. Theresults of the study show that the wages are regarded as an equivalent of the volume of workaccomplished by a worker as well as a compensation of work-related time spending and badworking conditions if this is the case. The norms by which the justice of the salary is assessedcome from industry or enterprise context. In few cases workers do assess their salaries in aninter-branch/international context. Empiric data show that perceptions of social justice reducedto the judgment of salary are closely related to volume, character and content of one’s work.

inequality; social justice; wages; distributive relations; normative order
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