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Gendering Postsocialism explores changes in gendered norms and expectations in Eastern Europe and Eurasia after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dismantlement of state socialism in these regions triggered monumental shifts in their economic landscape, the involvement of their welfare states in social citizenship and, crucially, their established gender norms and relations, all contributing to the formation of the postsocialist citizen.
Case studies examine a wide range of issues across 15 countries of the post-Soviet era. These include gender aspects of the developments in education in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Hungary, controversies around abortion legislation in Poland, migrant women and housing as a gendered problem in Russia, challenges facing women's NGOs in Bosnia, and identity formation of unemployed men in Lithuania. This close analysis reveals how different variations of neoliberal ideology, centred around the notion of the self-reliant and self-determining individual, have strongly influenced postsocialist gender identities, whilst simultaneously showing significant trends for a "retraditionalising" of gender norms and expectations.
This volume suggests that despite integration with global political and free market systems, the postsocialist gendered subject combines strategies from the past with those from contemporary ideologies to navigate new multifaceted injustices around gender in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
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Yulia Gradskova, Soedertoern University, Sweden, is a historian dealing with post-Soviet history. She is the co-author of Gender Equality on a Grand Tour (2017 - with E.Blomberg, Y.Waldemarson, A.Zvinkliene) and the co-editor of And They Lived Happily Ever After (2012 - with H.Carlback and Zh.Kravchenko). Ildiko Asztalos Morell, sociologist from Malardalen and Uppsala University (Sweden) with an interest in rural, gender and ethnicity studies of transition societies. She is the author of Emancipation's Dead-End Roads (1999) and co-editor of Gender Regimes, Citizen Participation and Rural Restructuring (2008 - with B.Bock).
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