Theodor Shanin OBE (born 1930 in Vilnius, Polish Republic) is a British sociologist who was for many years a Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. He is noted for his research on the informal economy, the Russian Revolution, African development, and perhaps most notably peasant studies.
Born in Polish Republic, raised in the Soviet Union, immigrant to Israel, Shanin made his career in the United Kingdom until he returned to Russia to found the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences.
Alavi, Hamza & Shanin, Teodor (2003) Introduction to the Sociology of "Developing Societies", Monthly Review Press
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