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Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia

edited by: Aleksandar Stulhofer and Theo Sandfort
published by
: Routledge
pp: 438
ISBN: 978-0-7890-2294-3
price: £ 26.99 

Authors from a variety of disciplines examine how the changes caused by rapid economic and social transformation have affected human sexuality and if those changes can generate the social tolerance necessary to produce a well-rooted democracy.

Through an interdisciplinary perspective, the book addresses gender relations, gender roles and sex norms in transition, sexual representations in the media, patterns of adult sexual behavior, gay and lesbian issues, sex trafficking, health risks, and sex education.
 
The book also presents a critical examination of whether the fall of communism has, in fact, induced changes in sexuality and gender relations.

 

Table of contents

Introduction. Sexuality and Gender in Times of Transition by Aleksandar Stulhofer and Theo Sandfort
 
PART I: POSTCOMMUNIST CONSTRUCTIONS OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY

Tatjana Ðuric-Kuzmanovic, Gender Inequalities in the Nationalist, Nontransitional Context of Serbia, Emphasizing Vojvodina, During the 1990s
Voichita Nachescu, Hierarchies of Difference: National Identity, Gay and Lesbian Rights, and the Church in Postcommunist Romania
Kevin Moss, From Sworn Virgins to Transvestite Prostitutes: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Two Films from Yugoslavia
Biljana Kašic, The Spatiality of Identities and Sexualities: Is “Transition” a Challenging Point at All?
 
PART II. SEXUAL POLITICS AND SEXUAL IDENTITIES
 
Igor S. Kon, Sexual Culture and Politics in Contemporary Russia
Tea Nikolic, Serbian Sexual Response: Gender and Sexuality in Serbia During the 1990s
Tatjana Greif, The Sexual Status of Lesbian Women in Slovenia in the 1990s
Alexei Lalo and Nikolai Schitov, Sexualities in Belarus: Some Major Patterns of Sexual Behavior and Their Cultural Background
Brian James Baer, The New Visibility: Representing Sexual Minorities in the Popular Culture of Post-Soviet Russia
 
PART III. THE RISE OF SEX MARKETS
 
Donna Hughes, Supplying Women for the Sex Industry: Trafficking from the Russian Federation
Tatiana Osipovich, Russian Mail-Order Brides in U.S. Public Discourse: Sex, Crime, and Cultural Stereotypes
Natalia Khodyreva, Sexuality for Whom? Tolerance of What?
 

PART IV. SEXUAL PLEASURES AND RISKS

Marianna Supeková, Gabriel Bianchi, Miroslav Popper, Ivan Lukšík, and Roger Ingham, The Subjective Meaning of Sex and Sexual Satisfaction Among More Active Young Adults in Slovakia
Ivan Bernik and Valentina Hlebec, How Did It Happen the First Time? Sexual Initiation of Secondary School Students in Seven Postsocialist Countries
Elina Haavio-Mannila, Anna Rotkirch, and Osmo Kontula, Contradictory Trends in Sexual Lives in St. Petersburg, Estonia, andFinland
Miroslav Popper, Gabriel Bianchi, Ivan Lukšík, Marianna Supeková, and Roger Ingham, The Social Context of Sexual Health Among Young People in Slovakia: Comparisons with the United Kingdom and The Netherlands

 

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