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Title Gender politics and everyday life in state socialist Eastern and Central Europe / edited by Shana Penn and Jill Massino
Edition First edition
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 292 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe / Jill Massino and Shana Penn -- Workers under Construction: Gender, Identity, and Women's Experiences of Work in State Socialist Romania / Jill Massino -- "My Work, My Family, and My car": Women's Memories of Work, Consumerism, and Leisure in Socialist Hungary / Eszter Zsofia "Where Do You Think I Learned How to Style My Own Hair?" Gender and Everyday Lives of Women Activists in Poland's League of Women / Basia Nowak -- Translating Equality between Women and Men across Cold War Divides: Women Activists from Hungary and Romania and the Creation of International Women's Year / Raluca Maria Popa -- "The Most Natural Function of Women": Ambiguous Party Policies and Female Experiences in Socialist Bulgaria / Ulf Brunnbauer -- Sex, Divorce, and Women's Waged Work: Private Lives and State Policy in the Early German Democratic Republic / Donna Harsch -- Women's Status and Wife-beating: Ideology and Practice under State Socialism in Poland, Romania, and Hungary / Isabel Marcus -- How the Church Became the State: The Catholic Regime and Reproductive Rights and Policies in State Socialist Poland / Joanna Z. Mishtal -- Designing for the Socialist Family: The Evolution of Housing Types in Early Socialist Czechoslovakia / Kimberly Elman Zarecor -- "Are You a Modern Girl?": Consumer Culture and Young Women in 1960s Poland / Malgorzata Fidelis -- "When We Were Walking Down the Road and Singing": Rural Women's Memories of Socialism in Serbia / Ana Hofman -- Writing Themselves into History: Two Feminists Recall Their Political Development in the People's Republic of Poland / Shana Penn
Summary Did socialism liberate women? Twenty years after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, this collection of essays from European and North American scholars examines socialist policies and women's everyday lives to demonstrate that this question cannot be answered with an emphatic "no," but has multiple answers, that requires attending to many voices and stories. Focusing on a range of issues - such as worker identity, marital and family relations, consumer culture, leisure, sexuality, reproduction, activism, and resistance - Gender Politics and Everyday Life reveals that women experienced socialism in diverse, ambiguous, and in some cases empowering ways. These nuanced and multidisciplinary investigations provide new depth to the study of state policy, gender relations, and women's and men's lives, illustrating that there is no simple, coherent narrative of life under state socialism, but rather multiple, competing, and often contradictory ones
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Feminism -- Europe, Central.
Feminism -- Europe, Eastern.
Women and socialism -- Europe, Central.
Women and socialism -- Europe, Eastern.
Women -- Europe, Central -- Social conditions.
Women -- Europe, Eastern -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
Author Massino, Jill.
Penn, Shana.
Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN 0230101577
0230613004 (hbk.)
9780230613003 (hbk.)