The Politics of Gender After Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay

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Juli 2000



""The Politics of Gender after Socialism" is a majestic work. Susan Gal and Gail Kligman offer a theoretically ambitious and empirically well grounded analysis of the transition from socialism to capitalism. They cover the most diverse aspects of social existence, from struggles about abortion and reproductive rights to the separation of public-private spheres, to the remaking of the political and economic system. In each of these fields they demonstrate the gendered nature of social transformation. They show persuasively the balance of continuity and change both in gender relations and in the social character of socialist and postsocialist formation. This book is far more than a study of gender issues after the fall of socialism; it is a major contribution to the theory of transition to a market economy and democracy."--Ivan Szelenyi, Yale University"Finally a book that makes sense of contemporary gender politics in East Central Europe. Written with great clarity, but no sacrifice of depth or complexity, Gal and Kligman give us the theoretical and historical tools for understanding social and political developments since the fall of communism. Most impressively they provide concrete illustrations for their point that concepts such as 'masculine, ' 'feminine, ' 'the welfare state, ' 'public, ' and 'private, ' are variable and need to be read in their historical contexts."--Joan Wallach Scott, Institute for Advanced Study"This is a very important and engaging study on East-Central European societies and their transformations through the lens of gender. It is a wonderful source of information on different aspects of gender relations in Eastern Europe and a major theoreticalcontribution to at least three distinct fields of study: feminist theory, studies on social change, and research on Eastern Europe."--Eva Fodor, Dartmouth College"Gal and Kligman's synthesis of the gender issues and tensions in the transformation of east-central Europe is a tour


Acknowledgments ix 1. After Socialism 3 2. Reproduction as Politics 15 3. Dilemmas of Public and Private 37 4. Forms of States, Forms of "Family" 63 5. Arenas of Political Action 91 6. Gender and Change 109 Notes 119 Bibliography 141 Index 163


Winner of the Heldt Prize for Best Book in Slavic/Eurasian/East European Women's Studies "The contributors not only show what has and has not changed since the old order's collapse; they create another vantage point from which to judge the whole process of postsocialist and economic transformation."--Foreign Affairs "In this insightful and accessibly written edited volume, Susan Gal and Gail Kligman have collected a diverse group of essays analyzing the democratization and marketization processes occurring in east central Europe through a gendered lens... Not only have women and men been affected differently by the economic and political changes under postcommunism, but, as this volume's case studies show, gendered analysis lends insight into the process of transition itself."--Valerie Sperling, Slavic Review "Breathtaking in scope and beautifully written, The Politics of Gender After Socialism is a compelling look at the ways in which women and men, states and markets, negotiate the politics of gender in a changing social world. Gal and Kligman have made a vital contribution not only to the literature on the transition in East Central Europe but also to the study of gender, economy and politics. A stunning analysis."--Nancy Weiss Hanrahan, Journal of Social History "Gal and Kligman have produced a tour de force of political exegesis and scholarship. The Politics of Gender after Socialism is destined to become a classic in studies of gender and political sociology as well as 'transition.' Scholars of political culture and institutions, whether they focus upon gender or not, East or West, will find this book important and stimulating."--Mabel Berezin, American Journal of Sociology
EAN: 9780691048949
ISBN: 0691048940
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2000
Seitenanzahl: 168 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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