Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 / Edition 1

Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 / Edition 1

by Wendy Z. Goldman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521458161

ISBN-13: 9780521458160

Pub. Date: 11/28/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they believed that under socialism the family would "wither-away." They envisioned a society in which communal dining halls, daycare centers, and public laundries would replace the unpaid labor of women in the home. Yet by 1936 legislation designed to liberate women from their legal and economic dependence had given way to

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Overview

When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they believed that under socialism the family would "wither-away." They envisioned a society in which communal dining halls, daycare centers, and public laundries would replace the unpaid labor of women in the home. Yet by 1936 legislation designed to liberate women from their legal and economic dependence had given way to increasingly conservative solutions aimed at strengthening traditional family ties and women's reproductive role. This book explains the reversal, focusing on how women, peasants, and orphans responded to Bolshevik attempts to remake the family, and how their opinions and experiences in turn were used by the state to meet its own needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521458160
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Series:
Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1. The origins of the Bolshevik vision: love unfettered: women free; 2. The first retreat: Besprizornost and socialised childrearing; 3. Law and life collide: free union and the wage-earning population; 4. Stirring the sea of peasant stagnation; 5. Pruning the 'Bourgeois Thicket': drafting a new family code; 6. Freedom and its consequences: the debate on the 1926 family code; 7. Reproduction and the law; 8. Recasting the vision: the resurrection of the family; 9. Conclusion: the new socialist state, law and family.

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