Czech Feminisms

Czech Feminisms : Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe

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In this wide-ranging study of women's and gender issues in the pre- and post-1989 Czech Republic, contributors engage with current feminist debates and theories of nation and identity to examine the historical and cultural transformations of Czech feminism. This collection of essays by leading scholars, artists, and activists, explores such topics as reproductive rights, state socialist welfare provisions, Czech women's NGOs, anarchofeminism, human trafficking, LGBT politics, masculinity, feminist art, among others. Foregrounding experiences of women and sexual and ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, the contributors raise important questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across languages and cultures. As the economic orthodoxy of the European Union threatens to occlude relevant stories of the different national communities comprising the Eurozone, this book contributes to the understanding of the diverse origins from which something like a European community arises.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 27g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 6 b&w illus., 1 table
  • 025302191X
  • 9780253021915
  • 1,409,397

Table of contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity Issues in the Czech Culture: Past and Present / Iveta Jusova
Part 1: Gender Issues in Czech Society Prior to 1989
1. Situating Czech Identity: Postcolonial Theory and "the European Dividend" / Iveta Jusova
2. The Importance of Being Nationalist / Jitka Malekova
3. The Czech 1930s through Toyen / Karla Huebner
4. Women as the Object and Subject of the Socialist Form of Women's Emancipation / Alena Wagnerova
5. Women's Memory: Searching for Identity under Socialism / Pavla Frydlova
Part 2: Gender Issues in Czech Society Post-1989
6. Contested Feminism: The East/West Feminist Encounters in the 1990s / Simona Fojtova
7. Czech Women's NGOs: Women's Voices and Claims in the Public Sphere / Hana Haskova and Zuzana Uhde
8. Czech Anarchofeminism: Against Hierarchy and Privileges / Linda Sokaova
9. Aspects of Sex and Gender in Romany Communities in the Czech Republic / Karolina Ryvolova
10. The Lives of Vietnamese Women in the Czech Republic / Maria Strasakova
11. Sex Work, Migration, and Law: La Strada and Human Trafficking in the Czech Republic / Simona Fojtova
12. Idle Ally: LGBT Community in the Czech Republic / Kateina Nedbalkova
13. Condemned to Rule: Masculine Domination and Hegemonic Masculinities of Doctors in Czech Maternity Wards / Iva Smidova
14. Some Issues and Challenges Faced by Elderly and Retired Women in the Czech Republic / Jiina Siklova
15. The East Side Story of (Gendered) Art: Framing Gender in Czech and Slovak Contemporary Art / Zuzana Stefkova
16. Typological Differences Between Languages as an Argument Against Gender-Fair Language Use? / Jana Valdrova
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index
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About Jiina Siklova

Iveta Jusova is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Literature at Carleton College.

Jiina Siklova, CSc., is an acclaimed Czech sociologist, writer, former dissident, and one of the most influential Czech feminists. She is founder of the Gender Studies Center in Prague.
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