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Czech Feminisms. Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

edited by: Iveta Jusová and Jiina Šiklová
published by
: Indiana University Press
pp: 338
ISBN: 9780253021892: Hardback

Book's frontpage

In this wide-ranging study of women’s and gender issues in the pre- and post-1989 Czech Republic, contributors engage with current feminist debates and theories of nation and identity to examine the historical and cultural transformations of Czech feminism. This collection of essays by leading scholars, artists, and activists, explores such topics as reproductive rights, state socialist welfare provisions, Czech women’s NGOs, anarchofeminism, human trafficking, LGBT politics, masculinity, feminist art, among others. Foregrounding experiences of women and sexual and ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, the contributors raise important questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across languages and cultures. As the economic orthodoxy of the European Union threatens to occlude relevant stories of the different national communities comprising the Eurozone, this book contributes to the understanding of the diverse origins from which something like a European community arises.


Table of contents

Introduction: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity Issues in the Czech Culture: Past and Present / Iveta Jusová
Part 1: Gender Issues in Czech Society Prior to 1989
1. Situating Czech Identity: Postcolonial Theory and "the European Dividend" / Iveta Jusová
2. The Importance of Being Nationalist / Jitka Maleková
3. The Czech 1930s through Toyen / Karla Huebner
4. Women as the Object and Subject of the Socialist Form of Women’s Emancipation / Alena Wagnerová
5. Women’s Memory: Searching for Identity under Socialism / Pavla Frýdlová
Part 2: Gender Issues in Czech Society Post-1989
6. Contested Feminism: The East/West Feminist Encounters in the 1990s / Simona Fojtová
7. Czech Women’s NGOs: Women’s Voices and Claims in the Public Sphere / Hana Hašková and Zuzana Uhde
8. Czech Anarchofeminism: Against Hierarchy and Privileges / Linda Sokaová
9. Aspects of Sex and Gender in Romany Communities in the Czech Republic / Karolína Ryvolová
10. The Lives of Vietnamese Women in the Czech Republic / Mária Strašáková
11. Sex Work, Migration, and Law: La Strada and Human Trafficking in the Czech Republic / Simona Fojtová
12. Idle Ally: LGBT Community in the Czech Republic / Kateina Nedbálková
13. Condemned to Rule: Masculine Domination and Hegemonic Masculinities of Doctors in Czech Maternity Wards / Iva Šmídová
14. Some Issues and Challenges Faced by Elderly and Retired Women in the Czech Republic / Jiina Šiklová
15. The East Side Story of (Gendered) Art: Framing Gender in Czech and Slovak Contemporary Art / Zuzana Štefková
16. Typological Differences Between Languages as an Argument Against Gender-Fair Language Use? / Jana Valdrová
List of Contributors

About Editors

Iveta Jusová is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Literature at Carleton College.

Jiina Šiklová, CSc., is an acclaimed Czech sociologist, writer, former dissident, and one of the most influential Czech feminists. She is founder of the Gender Studies Center in Prague.


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