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Living Gender after Communism

by Janet Elise Johnson

Living Gender after Communism Synopsis

How has the collapse of communism across Europe and Eurasia changed gender? In addition to acknowledging the huge costs that fell heavily on women, Living Gender after Communism suggests that moving away from communism in Europe and Eurasia has provided an opportunity for gender to multiply, from varieties of neo-traditionalism to feminisms, from overt negotiation of femininity to denials of gender. This development, in turn, has enabled some women in the region to construct their own gendered identities for their own political, economic, or social purposes. Beginning with an understanding of gender as both a society-wide institution that regulates people's lives and a cultural toolkit which individuals and groups may use to subvert or transvalue the sex/gender system, the contributors to this volume provide detailed case studies from Belarus, Bosnia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine. This collaboration between young scholars-most from postcommunist states-and experts in the fields of gender studies and postcommunism combines intimate knowledge of the area with sophisticated gender analysis to examine just how much gender realities have shifted in the region. Contributors are Anna Brzozowska, Karen Dawisha, Nanette Funk, Ewa Grigar, Azra Hromadzic, Janet Elise Johnson, Anne-Marie Kramer, Tania Rands Lyon, Jean C. Robinson, Iulia Shevchenko, Svitlana Taraban, and Shannon Woodcock.

Living Gender after Communism Press Reviews

. . . this volume will interest a wide variety of gender and regional specialists who are searching for new ways to study the multidimensional nature of post-communism. * The Russian Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253348128
Publication date: 12th December 2006
Author: Janet Elise Johnson
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Gender studies, gender groups, Political ideologies,

About Janet Elise Johnson

Janet Elise Johnson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Jean C. Robinson is Professor of Political Science at Indiana University. She is co-editor of Women and Social Policy: From Local to Global, a special issue of NWSA Journal.

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