Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe

Editors: Penn, S., Massino, J. (Eds.)

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This book showcases extensive research on gender under state socialism, examining the subject in terms of state policy and law; sexuality and reproduction; the academy; leisure; the private sphere; the work world; opposition activism; and memory and identity.

About the authors

SHANA PENN is a visiting scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, USA. JILL MASSINO is currently a visiting scholar in the history department at Northwestern University, USA.

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"The commonly held view that women in Communist Eastern Europe uniformly suffered under the double or triple burden of paid work, household duties, and child care gets a more nuanced examination in this collection. Many essays are based on interviews with women who lived through those years and reveal their lives in all their complexity . . .overall the collection is rewarding for its insights and exposure of women s lived experiences." - Publisher s Weekly

"This book enriches our understanding of the legacies of state socialism and the ways in which gender in these societies even today continues to be shaped by the living practices of the past. This is a robust and broad-ranging set of studies that remind us not only of the failures of socialism but also alert us to the ways in which women s lives were changed and indeed empowered because of the opportunities and challenges of that era." - Jean C. Robinson, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University

"This volume offers a comprehensive and unique portrait of women living under socialism, capturing in a distinctive way the multiplicity of tensions in everyday life that provided new opportunities and resources to women (and for that matter, to men also), in an omnipresent state that forced upon them certain ideologies and limitations. This volume provides an extraordinary opportunity to hear women s voices and learn through their lives about the ambiguities of socialism." - Joanna Regulska, Professor of Women s and Gender Studies and Geography, Rutgers University


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe

    Pages 1-10

    Massino, Jill (et al.)

  • Workers under Construction: Gender, Identity, and Women’s Experiences of Work in State Socialist Romania

    Pages 13-31

    Massino, Jill

  • “My Work, My Family, and My Car”: Women’s Memories of Work, Consumerism, and Leisure in Socialist Hungary

    Pages 33-44

    Tóth, Eszter Zsófia

  • “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

    Pages 45-58

    Nowak, Basia A.

  • Translating Equality between Women and Men across Cold War Divides: Women Activists from Hungary and Romania and the Creation of International Women’s Year

    Pages 59-74

    Popa, Raluca Maria

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender Politics and Everyday Life in State Socialist Eastern and Central Europe
Editors
  • S. Penn
  • J. Massino
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Shana Penn and Jill Massino
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-10157-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230101579
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37751-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 292
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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