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Gender and Choice after Socialism

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  • Uniquely explores gender relations and politics in the post-Soviet region through the lens of choice
  • Presents the first work focusing specifically on choice as an ideology of neoliberalism in the post-Soviet context
  • Brings the two fields of gender and sexuality into conversation with each other

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The end of socialism in the Soviet Union and its satellite states ushered in a new era of choice. Yet the idea that people are really free to live as they choose turns out to be problematic.  Personal choice is limited by a range of factors such as a person’s economic situation, class, age, government policies and social expectations, especially regarding  gender roles. Furthermore, the notion of free choice is a crucial feature of capitalist ideology, and can be manipulated in the interests of the market. This edited collection explores the complexity of choice in Russia and Ukraine. The contributors explore how the new choices available to people after the collapse of the Soviet Union have interacted with and influenced gender identities and gender, and how choice has become one of the driving forces of class-formation in countries which were, in the Soviet era, supposedly classless.

The book will of interest to students and scholars across a range of subjects including gender and sexualities studies, history, sociology and political science.


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Table of contents (8 chapters)


“Empirically the volume is very rich, with every chapter based on original research. The chapters are theoretically well-informed, and provide excellent historical and cultural backgrounds for their empirical contributions. The range of topics befits the title of the book - we see choices about motherhood and families, constructions of masculinities in relation to the military, gender roles amongst the super-rich, challenges to traditional notions of femininity, and more, all of which will be of interest to students and scholars of gender and sexuality studies generally and of post-socialist societies in particular.” (Charlie Walker, University of Southampton, UK)

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

    Lynne Attwood

  • School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

    Elisabeth Schimpfössl

  • University College for Interdisciplinary Learning, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

    Marina Yusupova

About the editors

Lynne Attwood is Honorary Fellow in Russian Studies (formerly Senior Lecturer) at the University of Manchester, UK.  Her research is concerned with gender issues in Russia in a range of contexts such as film, housing, and women's magazines.

Elisabeth Schimpfössl is Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University, UK. Her research looks into questions around elites, power and social inequality. 

Marina Yusupova has a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. Her current research explores the changing normative orders of masculinity in Russia from the late Soviet period.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Gender and Choice after Socialism

  • Editors: Lynne Attwood, Elisabeth Schimpfössl, Marina Yusupova

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-73660-0Published: 07 May 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08829-3Published: 24 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-73661-7Published: 25 April 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXIII, 245

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Politics and Gender, Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

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