Soviet Politics of Emancipation of Ethnic Minority Woman


  • Yulia Gradskova

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This book provides a new perspective through a closer look on “Other”, i.e. ethnic minority women defined by the Soviet documents as natsionalka. Applying decolonial theory and critical race and whiteness studies, the book analyzes archive documents, early Soviet films and mass publications in order to explore  how the “emancipation” and “culturalization” of women of “culturally backward nations” was practiced and presented for the mass Soviet audience. Whilst the special focus of the book lies in the region between the Volga and the Urals (and Muslim women of the Central Eurasia), the Soviet emancipation practices are presented in the broader context of gendered politics of modernization in the beginning of the 20th century. The analysis of the Soviet documents of the 1920s-1930s not only subverts the Soviet story on “generous help” with emancipation of natsionalka through uncovering its imperial/colonial aspects, but also makes an important contribution to the studies of imperial domination and colonial politics. This book is addressed to all interested in Russian and Eurasian studies and in decolonial approach to gender history. 


Soviet Emancipation and Modernization Soviet Women and Emancipation Russian Imperial Politics and Emancipation Gender Issues and Islam Revolutions of 1917 in the Volga-Ural Region Democracy and Anti-Colonialism Soviet Politics of Emancipation Russification, and Forced Christianization Emancipation of Natsionalka Visualizing Change in Soviet Silent Films Emancipation in Turkey Soviet Politics of Culturalization Muslim Women in Soviet Gender History

Authors and affiliations

  • Yulia Gradskova
    • 1
  1. 1.Södertörn UniversityHuddingeSweden

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99198-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99199-3
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