The Impact of Modernisation on Soviet Women

Ilic, Melanie J (2006) The Impact of Modernisation on Soviet Women. In: Modernisation in Russia since 1900. SKS, pp. 145-159. ISBN 9517468547

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Abstract

This chapter examines the impact of ‘modernisation’ on women, the family and gender relations in the Soviet Union during the twentieth century. The twentieth century is commonly regarded as a period of unprecedented progress in terms of the advance of women’s rights and sexual equality – this was, indeed, a ‘Century of Women’ – at least in the industrialised, developed and western world. In the course of the analysis of Soviet women and modernisation a number of important questions arise: what was the broader context and what was the content of modernisation for women in the Soviet Union?; to what extent was the process of modernisation state-governed?; how was modernisation championed and received by women?; what were the limitations and the costs of modernisation for women, for the family and for relations between the sexes? These are questions that could be asked of any country undergoing a period of modernisation, but of particular interest here is the specific role played by the Soviet regime in the modernisation of women, the family and gender relations during the twentieth century.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Melanie Ilic
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 16:26
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1265

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