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Genders 22 : Postcommunism and the Body Politic - Ellen E. Berry

Genders 22

Postcommunism and the Body Politic

Paperback Published: 1st July 1995
ISBN: 9780814712481
Number Of Pages: 240

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The epidemic of mass rape in the former Yugoslavia has illustrated once again, and in particularly brutal fashion, the inextricable relationship between national politics, sexual politics, and body politics. The nexus of these three forces is highly charged in any culture, at any time in history, but especially so among cultures in which rapid, even cataclysmic, changes in material realities and national self-conceptions are eroding or overwhelming previously secure boundaries.
The postcommunist moment in the so-called Second World--Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union--has dramatically exposed the opportunities and dangers that arise when the political, cultural, and economic foundations of a society are de- and then re-structured. Gender roles and relations, expressions of sexuality or attempts to recontain them, representations of the body, especially the female body, and the larger, cultural meanings it assumes, are particularly marked sites to witness the performance of complex national dramas of crisis and change.
This groundbreaking volume turns its attention to the Second World, specifically to such subjects as the birth of the sex media and porn industry in Russia; Russian women and alcoholism; cinema in post-communist Hungary; patriotism and gender in Poland; sexual dissidence in Eastern Europe; and women in the former Yugoslavia.

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"Rafter's is a superb intellectual and cultural history of biological theories of crime, inspired by the author's desire to find "a new or third way" to integrate biological, sociological, and historical approaches to crime (251)...

Introductionp. 1
Bug Inspectors and Beauty Queens: The Problems of Translating Feminism into Russianp. 15
Engendering the Russian Body Politicp. 32
Women in Yugoslaviap. 57
Traditions of Patriotism, Questions of Gender: The Case of Polandp. 78
Sex, Subjectivity, and Socialism: Feminist Discourses in East Germanyp. 105
Deciphering the Body of Memory: Writing by Former East German Women Writersp. 134
New Members and Organs: The Politics of Pornp. 164
Sex in the Media and the Birth of the Sex Media in Russiap. 197
The Underground Closet: Political and Sexual Dissidence in East European Culturep. 229
Ivan Soloviev's Reflections on Erosp. 252
Russian Women Writing Alcoholism: The Sixties to the Presentp. 267
Gendering Cinema in Postcommunist Hungaryp. 296
Contributorsp. 315
Guidelines for Prospective Contributorsp. 319
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780814712481
ISBN-10: 0814712487
Series: Genders
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48

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