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Toward an understanding of gendered agency in contemporary Russia

dc.contributor.author Holmgren, Beth
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-16T05:06:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-16T05:06:07Z
dc.date.issued 2013-03-05
dc.identifier.issn 0097-9740
dc.identifier.issn 1545-6943
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18155
dc.description.abstract Assessments of Russian women's current social and political status must take into account the complicated legacy of Soviet women's "emancipation." Although the Soviet government enforced women's access to higher education and a broad array of professional opportunities, it never challenged traditional notions of masculinity and femininity, or the double burden tacitly assigned women. It did not invest in products and services that would have eased "women's work" as homemakers and caretakers, nor did it protect women from sexual harassment on the job. The transition years have bared, glorified, and globalized the patriarchal state that lay just beneath the socialist veneer of the Soviet Union. Indeed, the Putin government has repackaged that patriarchy as conventionally and commercially masculinist. Women do exercise some power as consumers and mothers; they seek other-than-material fulfillment in facilitating positions rather than face opprobrium as public leaders. Some are attempting to scout new forms of agency as managers and business entrepreneurs. Yet there is no straightforward upward ladder for women in work and no generally acceptable movement toward lobbying for women's rights. The women who wield the greatest sociopolitical influence in Russia today are media pundits, writers of serious literature, and journalists who combine writing with general social and political activism. In order to bridge the great divide in historical conditioning and contemporary circumstance that separates us from Russian women, we must work toward a better understanding of their complex forms of agency. © 2013 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
dc.language en
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press
dc.relation.ispartof Signs
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1086/668517
dc.subject Social Sciences
dc.subject Women's Studies
dc.title Toward an understanding of gendered agency in contemporary Russia
dc.type Journal article
dc.date.updated 2019-03-16T05:06:05Z
pubs.begin-page 535
pubs.end-page 542
pubs.issue 3
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Slavic and Eurasian Studies
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 38
duke.contributor.orcid Holmgren, Beth|0000-0003-4194-5804


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