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Reproducing Gender : Politics, Publics, and Everyday Life after Socialism - Susan Gal

Reproducing Gender

Politics, Publics, and Everyday Life after Socialism

By: Susan Gal (Editor), Gail Kligman (Editor)

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The striking fact that abortion was among the first issues raised, after 1989, by almost all of the newly formed governments of East Central Europe points to the significance of gender and reproduction in the postsocialist transformations. The fourteen studies in this volume result from a comparative, collaborative research project on the complex relationship between ideas and practices of gender, and political economic change. The book presents detailed evidence about women's and men's new circumstances in eight of the former communist countries, exploring the intersection of politics and the life cycle, the differential effects of economic restructuring, and women's public and political participation. Individual contributions on the former German Democratic Republic, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria provide rich empirical data and interpretive insights on postsocialist transformation analyzed from a gendered perspective. Drawing on multiple methods and disciplines, these original papers advance scholarship in several fields, including anthropology, sociology, women's studies, law, comparative political science, and regional studies. The analyses make clear that practices of gender, and ideas about the differences between men and women, have been crucial in shaping the broad social changes that have followed the collapse of communism.


In addition to the editors, the contributors are Eleonora Zieliãska, Eva Maleck-Lewy, Myra Marx Ferree, Sharon Wolchik, Irene Dolling, Daphne Hahn, Sylka Scholz, Mira Marody, Anna Giza-Poleszczuk, Katalin Kovacs, Monika Varadi, Julia Szalai, Adriana Baban, MaÏgorzata Fuszara, Laura Grunberg, Zorica Mrseviâ, Krassimira Daskalova, Joanna Goven, and Jasmina Lukiâ.

"... unusually sophisticated and subtle."--Foreign Affairs "The particular strength of the volume is that it includes many essays by scholars who are living what they analyze; eastern Europe is not viewed from within universities across the Atlantic, rather it is assessed by a number of scholars who are working in the countries they describe."--Robert G. Moeller, Journal of Social History

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Reproduction as Politicsp. 21
Between Ideology, Politics, and Common Sense: The Discourse of Reproductive Rights in Polandp. 23
Reproductive Policies in the Czech and Slovak Republicsp. 58
Talking about Women and Wombs: The Discourse of Abortion and Reproductive Rights in the G.D.R. during and after the Wendep. 92
Birth Strike in the New Federal States: Is Sterilization an Act of Resistance?p. 118
Gender Relations in Everyday Lifep. 149
Changing Images of Identity in Poland: From the Self-Sacrificing to the Self-Investing Woman?p. 151
Women's Life Trajectories and Class Formation in Hungaryp. 176
From Informal Labor to Paid Occupations: Marketization from below in Hungarian Women's Workp. 200
Women's Sexuality and Reproductive Behavior in Post-Ceausescu Romania: A Psychological Approachp. 225
Arenas of Political Action: Struggles for Representationp. 257
New Gender Relations in Poland in the 1990sp. 259
New Parliament, Old Discourse? The Parental Leave Debate in Hungaryp. 286
Women's NGOs in Romaniap. 307
Women's Problems, Women's Discourses in Bulgariap. 370
Belgrade's SOS Hotline for Women and Children Victims of Violence: A Reportp. 370
Media Representations of Men and Women in Times of War and Crisis: The Case of Serbiap. 393
Conclusionp. 424
Contributorsp. 427
Indexp. 429
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ISBN: 9780691048680
ISBN-10: 0691048681
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 28th May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64