This book by leading Western specialists and Russian and Ukrainian feminists contains the latest research in the field of Russian women's studies. Historical chapters trace the role of gender in Russian and Ukrainian society from the twelfth century to the present day. Chapters focusing on contemporary Russia analyze the current backlash against women's emancipation, and discuss issues such as women's health, sexuality, reproduction and identity, women's work and employment, women and nationalism, and the development of the women's movement.
1. Introduction: women's studies and women's issues in Russia, Ukraine and the postSoviet states Rosalind Marsh; Part I. Women in History: From the Seventeenth to the Twentieth-Century: 2. Peter the Great's two weddings: changing images of women in a transitional age Lindsey Hughes; 3. Women in a warrior society: Don Cossack women 1860–1914 Shane O'Rourke; 4. Teacups and coffins: the culture of Russian merchant women, 1850–1917 Catriona Kelly; 5. Vera Figner and revolutionary autobiographies: the influence of gender on genre Hilde Hoogenboom; 6. Equality and difference in women's history: where does Russia fit in? Linda Edmondson; Part II. Women in the USSR and Post-Soviet Russia: Sexuality, Identity, Health and Reproduction: 7. Managing the female organism: doctors and the medicalization of women's paid work in Soviet Russia during the 1920s Janet Hyer; 8. Innocence and sexuality in Soviet medical discourse Susan Gross Solomon; 9. Abortion and women's health in Russia and the former Soviet Union Christopher Williams; 10. The status of gays and lesbians in Russian-Soviet-Russian society James Riordan; 11. Young women and subcultural lifestyles: a case of 'irrational needs'? Hilary Pilkington; 12. 'Fullfrontal': perestroika and sexual politics Elena Stishova; Part III. Women and Work: 13. Why be a shock worker or a Stakhanovite? Mary Buckley; 14. Industrial working conditions and the political economy of female labour Donald Filtzer; 15. 'Generals without armies, commanders without troops': Gorbachev's 'protection' of female workers Melanie Ilic; 16. The return of the family farm: a future for women? Sue Bridger; 17. The post-Soviet woman in the move to the market: a return to domesticity and dependence Lynne Attwood; Part IV. Feminism and Politics in Russia and Ukraine: 18. The 'woman question' and problems of maternity in post-communist Russia Elena Sargent; 19. The Russian women's movement Rosalind March and Anastasiia Posadskaia; 20. Feminism and post-communist Ukrainian society Solomea Pavlychko; 21. Christian virgin or pagan goddess: feminism versus the eternally feminine in Ukraine Marian J. Rubchak.
"This anthology offers the reader a rich and diverse collection of essays on women in Russia and Ukraine. The diversity of the topics addressed and the multi-disciplinary and multi-national viewpoints of the contributors provide unusually rich insights into the lives and circumstances of Russian and Ukrainian women....Every reader, regardless of background...will come away from reading this volume enriched and better informed. It is highly recommended for advanced students and scholars interested in recent scholarship on women and women's issues in Eastern Europe." Kay R. Broschart, Slavic and East European Journal
"Women in Russia and Ukraine does advance the study of Slavic Women..." Christine Ruane, Slavic Review
"The book fills a gap and should provide interesting reading material for courses in Russian culture, women's studies and the history of autobiography." Nancy L. Cooper, The Russian Review
"This collection embraces a diverse subject matter, including historical articles as well as discussions of recent developments....the articles present much of interest , particularly to readers new to the subject of Russian and Ukrainian women's studies Journal of Women's History, Barbara Evans Clements
"By placing the discussion of women within the political, social, and cultural context of their societies, the authors participating in this volume have done a service to women's studies and to East European history. This book will be useful in graduate and undergraduate course, where its individual essays can launch a good discussion. Scholars interested in any aspect of Ukraine should familiarize themselves with this collection if only to begin to recognize what women's issues are all about." Martha Bohachevsky Chomiak, Journal of Ukranian Studies
"For the reader who wants an introduction to women's issues in Russia and the Ukraine, the editor provides a marvelous overview of the field." Barbara J. Risman, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society