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Empowering Women in Russia : Activism, Aid, and NGOs - Julie Hemment

Empowering Women in Russia

Activism, Aid, and NGOs

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Published: 1st February 2007
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Julie Hemment's engrossing study traces the development encounter through interactions between international foundations and Russian women's groups during a decade of national collapse. Prohibited from organizing independently under state socialism, women's groups became a focus of attention in the mid-1990s for foundations eager to promote participatory democracy, but the version of civil society that has emerged (the "third sector") is far from what Russian activists envisioned and what donor agencies promised. Drawing on ethnographic methods and Participatory Action Research, Hemment tells the story of her introduction to and growing collaboration with members of the group Zhenskii Svet (Women's Light) in the provincial city of Tver'.

"This is unquestionably an important book in our efforts to understand women in Russia and the evolution of post-Soviet Russian society... It can be recommended to students and scholars of Russia as well as those specializing in women's issues." oJournal of Contemporary History, Vol. 44, No. 4

Introduction: Gendered Interventions
Muddying the Waters: Participatory Action Research in Tver'
Querying Democratization: Civil Society, International Aid, and the Riddle of the Third Sector
Gender Mainstreaming and the Third-Sectorization of Russian Women's Activism
Global Civil Society and the Local Costs of Belonging: Setting up a Crisis Center in Tver'
A Tale of Two Projects
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780253218919
ISBN-10: 0253218918
Series: New Anthropologies of Europe
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32