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Gender in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

Published as a special issue of the Anthropology of East Europe Review Vol 28, No 1 (2010), "Gender in Postsocialist Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union"
showcases research on topics such as LGBT communities, masculinities, and how other aspects of identity (class, profession, religion) intersect with and inform gender in postsocialist contexts.
Contributions include discussions of the central role the body plays in negotiations of gender and power; the importance of experience-near ethnographic approaches for understanding the complexities of gender formations in everyday life; the continuing importance (and fuzziness) of dynamics of private and public for organizing gender orders; and the varied but important ways mass media reflects, generates, and mediates public discourse in relation to gender and sexuality.

Table of contents

Section 1: Gender matters: negotiating gender identities, sexualities, and family in the 21st century

  • Lipstick and Beauty Contests: Female Soldiers in Russia, Christine Eifler
  • Men and Social Suffering in Contemporary Lithuania, Artūras Tereškinas
  • Daughters of 'Post'-Socialist Macedonia, Ilka Thiessen
  • “Battle for Sarajevo” as “Metropolis”: Closure of the First Queer Sarajevo Festival according to Liberal Press, Sanja Kajinic
  • Representation of “Lost Orientation,” or, Lesbianism in Georgian Print Media, Nino Kharchilava, Nino Javakhishvili
  • Changing Models of Parenting in Contemporary Urban Families in Bulgaria, Nevena Dimova

Section 2: Laboring Women: gender dynamics of work

  • Gender Inequalities and the Status of Women in the Labor Market in Transitional Serbia, Marija Kolin
  • “Pride Identity” as a Strategy of Self-Representation in the Situation of a Research Interview: The Case of Belarusian Women Involved in Market Trade, Olga Sasunkevich
  • Textile Workers in Slovenia: From Nimble Fingers to Tired Bodies, Nina Vodopivec

Section 3: Gender migrations

  • Where Have All the Mothers Gone? The Gendered Effect of Labour Migration and Transnationalism on the Institution of Parenthood in Ukraine, Alissa V. Tolstokorova
  • Resource Drain vs. Constitutive Circularity: Comparing the Gendered Effects of Post-Soviet Migration Patterns in Ukraine, Cinzia Solari
  • Awareness Raising Campaigns against Human Trafficking in the Russian Federation: Simply Adding Males or Redefining a Gendered Issue?, Susanne Schatral

Section 4: Women in the lead: gendered aspects and effects of NGOs and women's activism

  • Unpacking East/West Tensions: Women’s NGOs and Islam in Contemporary Kyrgyzstan, Meghan Simpson
  • Muslim Women Leaders in Post-Soviet Ferghana Valley: Whose Leadership Is It Anyway?, Svetlana Peshkova
  • Ruling vs. Dialogical Relations: NGOs, Women, and Institutional Power in Anti-Trafficking Campaigns in Russia and Ukraine, Nadia Shapkina

Open Forum section

  • Making Sense of the Post-Soviet Capital: Politics of Identity in the City of Minsk, Anna Shirokanova
  • Why Polish Sobótka , Palant and Jawor Remained only Local Polish Traditions: Preserving National Heritage through the Traditional Games, Małgorzata Bronikowska


  • Ingo W. Schröder and Asta Vonderau (eds.), Changing Economies and Changing Identities in Postsocialist Eastern Europe, Narcis Tulbure
  • Daphne Berdahl, Michael Herzfeld and Matti Bunzl (eds.), On the Social Life of Postsocialism: Memory, Consumption, Germany, Leonore Phillips
  • Shorena Kurtsikidze and Vakhtang Chikovani, Ethnography and Folklore of the Georgia-Chechnya Border, Paul Manning

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