2018 (15), №3

Genesis and Development of Theoretical Approaches to Households Concept Formation



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Zukhba, E. N. (2018). Genesis and Development of Theoretical Approaches to Households Concept Formation. Zhurnal Economicheskoj Teorii [Russian Journal of Economic Theory], 15(3), 507-524


The article is based on the theoretical analysis of the evolution of socio-economic relations system in the historical context. The author studied the scientific approaches to the category «household». I state that despite the fact that household category is one of the basic and, historically — one of the first categories of economic science, the economic theory has lack of methodological basis for studying this complex phenomenon. The significant differences in the interpretation by researchers of the content of the household category are due to both objective socio-economic and historical conditions, and the institutional pressure of the dominant views. These differences impose limitations on the understanding of systemic relationships of the category and the possibility of its application in modern theoretical studies. The purpose of this article is to analyze the influence of economic and social factors on the understanding of the essence of the category «household». The author studies the impact of economic management conditions on the formation of the current scientific model of a household. The article in a consistent manner shows the development of the household concept, its place in the modern economic theory. The analysis of the development of the modern concept of household allows answering the questions of the directions for its further research as well as restrictions of the applied theoretical models. The author used the analytical-gnoseological, system-integration, dialectical and historical methods.

Elena Nikolaevna Zukhba – PhD in Economics, Associate Professor, HSE University (Moscow, Russian Federation; e-mail: elenazukhba@mail.ru, elenazukhba@hse.ru).