The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay / Edition 1

The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay / Edition 1

by Susan Gal, Gail Kligman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691048940

ISBN-13: 9780691048949

Pub. Date: 06/19/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

With the collapse of communism, a new world seemed to open for the peoples of East Central Europe. The possibilities this world presented, and the costs it exacted, have been experienced differently by men and women. Susan Gal and Gail Kligman explore these differences through a probing analysis of the role of gender in reshaping politics and social relations since

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With the collapse of communism, a new world seemed to open for the peoples of East Central Europe. The possibilities this world presented, and the costs it exacted, have been experienced differently by men and women. Susan Gal and Gail Kligman explore these differences through a probing analysis of the role of gender in reshaping politics and social relations since 1989.

The authors raise two crucial questions: How are gender relations and ideas about gender shaping political and economic change in the region? And what forms of gender inequality are emerging as a result? The book provides a rich understanding of gender relations and their significance in social and institutional transformations. Gal and Kligman offer a systematic comparison of East Central European gender relations with those of western welfare states, and with the presocialist, bourgeois past. Throughout this essay, the authors attend to historical comparisons as well as cross regional interactions and contrasts. Their work contributes importantly to the study of postsocialism, and to the broader feminist literature that critically examines how states and political-economic processes are gendered, and how states and markets regulate gender relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691048949
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
06/19/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

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

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