Women's Activism in Contemporary Russia

Temple University Press, 1997 - 277 Seiten
Through in-depth interviews with activists, the authors provide a broad and thorough introduction to the emerging women's movement and women's organizations in Russia. Linda Racioppi and Katherine O'Sullivan See focus on the development of women's activism in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia and the challenges activists face in a time of resurgent nationalism and turmoil over democratic reform. Women's Activism in Contemporary Russia includes a concise history of women's situation in tsarist and Soviet Russia, which shows how their ability to organize was constrained by social strictures and state policies. The authors analyze how the state-sponsored Soviet Women's Committee and new groups like the Independent Women's Forum, the Women's League, and the International Institute for Entrepreneurial Development responded to the challenges and opportunities of the transition. They also examine the dynamics among these women's groups in Russia and reveal how the personal life histories of the activists reflect the ways women have responded to the changing political, economic, and social landscape in the former Soviet Union.

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Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two Womens Activism in Historical Context
Chapter Three Women and the Transition
Chapter Four The Union of Women of Russia and Alevtina
Chapter Five The Zhensovety and Olga Bessolova
Chapter Six The Center for Gender Studies the Independent
Chapter Seven The Womens League Gaia
Chapter Eight Business and Economic Development
Chapter Nine Interpreting Russian Womens Activism
Appendix A Registered Womens Organizations in Russia
Interviews with Portrayed Activists

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Über den Autor (1997)

Linda Racioppi and Katherine O'Sullivan See teach at James Madison College, Michigan State University. Racioppi is the author of Soviet Policy towards South Asia since 1970, and See is the author of First World Nationalisms: Class and Ethnic Politics in Northern Ireland and Quebec.

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