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From Parent-State to Family Patriarchs: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Eastern Europe
From Parent-State to Family Patriarchs: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Eastern Europe

Author(s): Katherine Verdery
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Political history, Government/Political systems, Social Theory, Nationalism Studies, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Post-Communist Transformation, Sociology of Politics, Identity of Collectives
Published by: SAGE Publications Ltd
Keywords: Contemporary Eastern Europe; gender; nation; social organization of gender; socialist regime; national question; post-socialist period; nationalism;

Summary/Abstract: Eastern Europe has been for the past half-century a major proving ground for experiments in both the social organization of gender and the attempted redefinition of national identity. Early pronouncements by socialist regimes in favor of gender equality, together with policies to increase women's participation in the workforce, led optimists to expect important gains for women; the internationalist bias of Soviet socialism promised to resolve the "national question, " making national conflicts obsolete; and the Party's broadly homogenizing goals bade fair to erase difference of almost every kind from the social landscape. Had these promises borne fruit, socialism would have given "gender" and "nationalism" a wholly novel articulation. [...]

  • Issue Year: 08/1994
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 225-255
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: English