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Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia : Human Sexuality (Paperback) - Edmond J. Coleman

Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia

Human Sexuality (Paperback)

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Important new findings on sex and gender in the former Soviet Bloc!

Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia is a groundbreaking look at the new sexual reality in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe after the fall of communism. The book presents the kind of candid discussion of sexual identities, sexual politics, and gender arrangements that was often censored and rarely discussed openly before the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1987. Authors from a variety of disciplines examine how the changes caused by rapid economic and social transformation have affected human sexuality and if those changes can generate the social tolerance necessary to produce a well-rooted democracy.

The first theoretical and empirical body of work to sexuality in (post)transitional countries, Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia examines the effects of the profound social transformation taking place in the former Soviet Union. Through an interdisciplinary perspective, the book addresses vital issues of this transformation, including gender relations, gender roles and sex norms in transition, sexual representations in the media, patterns of adult sexual behavior, gay and lesbian issues, sex trafficking, health risks, and sex education. The book also presents a critical examination of whether the fall of communism has, in fact, induced changes in sexuality and gender relations.

Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia examines the changes in sex and gender in countries in transition, including:

  • the negative consequences of Serbia's "state-directed non-development" during the 1990s
  • the causes and consequences of trafficking in women from the Russian Federation
  • the ongoing debate over human rights for sexual minorities in Romania
  • the effects of two Yugoslavian films released in the 1990s that feature transgender characters
  • sexualities in transition in Croatia
  • problems created by changes in sexual behavior among urban Russian adolescents
  • the social and legal state of lesbians in Slovenia
Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia fills in the gap in the current knowledge and understanding of the effects of the profound social changes taking place in Central, Eastern, and Southeast Europe. The book is an essential read for academics and researchers working in gender studies, political science, and gay and lesbian studies. Handy tables and figures make the information easy to access and understand.

About the Editorsp. xi
Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: Sexuality and Gender in Times of Transitionp. 1
Changing the Gender Orderp. 4
Changing Social Regulation of Sexualityp. 5
Sexualities in Postcommunismp. 10
The Contributionsp. 16
Postcommunist Constructions of Gender and Sexuality
Gender Inequalities in a Nationalist, Nontransitional Context in Serbia, Emphasizing Vojvodina, During the 1990sp. 29
Introductionp. 29
A Gendered Approach to Theories of Development and Transitionp. 30
General Economic and Social Conditions in Serbia During the 1990sp. 33
Gender Oppression in Serbia: From Socialism to State-Directed Nondevelopmentp. 36
Current Developments and Future Trends in the Labor Market for Women During Transition in Serbia, Emphasizing Vojvodinap. 41
Summary: Toward Affirmative Actionp. 44
Hierarchies of Difference: National Identity, Gay and Lesbian Rights, and the Church in Postcommunist Romaniap. 57
Gender and Romanian Communismp. 59
Brief Historyp. 61
The Actors of the Debatep. 62
The Debatep. 70
Conclusionp. 74
From Sworn Virgins to Transvestite Prostitutes: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Two Films from Yugoslaviap. 79
The Spatiality of Identities and Sexualities: Is "Transition" a Challenging Point at All?p. 95
Introductory Notes: Facing the Questionp. 95
Facing the Approach and Problem That Sexuality Mattersp. 96
Facing Transition and War(s): Stereotypes, Trends, and Media Signifiers of Sexualitiesp. 97
Facing Female Sexuality Within the Pornography of War(s)p. 100
Instead of a Conclusion: Facing Obstacles, Gaps, and Potentials Within/Crossing "Transition"p. 102
Sexual Politics and Sexual Identities
Sexual Culture and Politics in Contemporary Russiap. 111
Post-Soviet Sexualityp. 111
Attitudes Toward Sex Educationp. 113
The Antisexual Crusadep. 115
Serbian Sexual Response: Gender and Sexuality in Serbia During the 1990sp. 125
Excitement (The Awakening of the Nation)p. 126
Plateau (Turbo Folk)p. 132
Orgasm (Pornography)p. 135
Resolutionp. 140
The Social Status of Lesbian Women in Slovenia in the 1990sp. 149
Introductionp. 149
Historical Backgroundp. 150
The Lesbian Movement in Sloveniap. 150
The Current Legal Situation Concerning Lesbian Womenp. 151
Lesbians Within Education, the Health System, and the Militaryp. 155
The Social Situation Concerning Lesbian Womenp. 156
Conclusionp. 163
Sexualities in Belarus: Some Major Patterns of Sexual Behavior and Their Cultural Backgroundp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Gender Roles and Imagesp. 172
Sexualities and "Witch Hunts"p. 177
Post-Soviet Sexual Discourses and Western Influencesp. 179
Issues of Domestic Violence: The Controversial Role of Physiciansp. 182
Sex-Related Prejudice and Sex Crimes: The Orthodox Church and Homophobiap. 187
Conclusionp. 189
The New Visibility: Representing Sexual Minorities in the Popular Culture of Post-Soviet Russiap. 193
The Rise of Sex Markets
Supplying Women for the Sex Industry: Trafficking from the Russian Federationp. 209
Introductionp. 209
Collapse and Criminalization of the State and Economyp. 210
Economic Inequality for Womenp. 213
Regional Variation in Unemploymentp. 215
Traffickers Recruiting Women for Work Abroadp. 217
Public and Private Violence Against Womenp. 220
Western Glamour and the Sex Industryp. 223
Conclusionp. 226
Russian Mail-Order Brides in U.S. Public Discourse: Sex, Crime, and Cultural Stereotypesp. 231
Male Fantasy and the Internet: Marketing the Image of the Beautiful Russian Woman Who Loves Her American Manp. 232
Academic Feminist Discourse: Romance, Trafficking, and Abusep. 233
Popular Discourse: Young Victims, Ugly Losers, and Grieving Parentsp. 236
Legal Discourse: Immigration Fraud, Unregulated Industry, and Domestic Violencep. 238
Sexuality for Whom? Paid Sex and Patriarchy in Russiap. 243
Research Methodsp. 244
Debates About Prostitutionp. 244
Study of Prostitutionp. 246
The Interviewsp. 247
Strengthening Patriarchal Gender Relationsp. 257
Sexual Pleasures and Risks
The Subjective Meanings of Sex and Sexual Satisfaction Among More Active Young Adults in Slovakiap. 263
Introduction and Backgroundp. 263
Subjective Meanings of Sexp. 265
Defining Sexual Satisfactionp. 265
The Studyp. 267
Discussion and Conclusionp. 283
Case Studiesp. 286
How Did It Happen the First Time? Sexual Initiation of Secondary School Students in Seven Postsocialist Countriesp. 297
Patterns of Youth Sexual Behavior in Postsocialist Societies: Some Hypothesesp. 297
First Sexual Intercourse: Differences Among Seven Countriesp. 300
First Sexual Intercourse As Gendered Experiencep. 303
Conclusion: Postsocialist Patterns of Adolescent Sexuality?p. 311
Contradictory Trends in Sexual Life in St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Finlandp. 317
Backgroundp. 317
Research Materialsp. 319
Three Dimensions of Sexualityp. 320
Procreational Sexualityp. 327
Recreational Sexualityp. 343
Relational Sexualityp. 345
Summary of the Findingsp. 356
Discussionp. 358
The Social Context of Sexual Health Among Young People in Slovakia: Comparisons with the United Kingdom and the Netherlandsp. 365
Introductionp. 365
Epistemological and Methodological Approachp. 368
Resultsp. 372
Discussion and Recommendationsp. 385
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780789022943
ISBN-10: 078902294X
Series: Human Sexuality (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 24th November 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1