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New Imaginaries

Youthful Reinvention of Ukraine's Cultural Paradigm

Edited and Translated by Marian J. Rubchak
Foreword Martha Kichorowska Kebalo

330 pages, 28 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-764-0 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 2015)

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“…a complex and well‐researched volume that raises critical questions about the nature of contemporary cultural and political shifts in Ukraine and offers some worthy fresh ideas and views. The book might be of interest to different groups of readers, ranging from those from within Ukraine, who might want to look at themselves through the looking glass, to scholars and journalists who have a professional interest in the country or are just seeking a short but thorough summary of the local cultural and political landscapes.” · Journal of Soviet & Post-Soviet Politics & Society

“Instead of pointing out how ‘different’ Ukrainian feminism/gender studies/women's studies is from ‘Western’ (or other) feminisms, this volume has potential to contribute to our understanding of the exciting and complex ways that feminist thought travels as one of the most important ‘ideascapes’ (à la Appadurai) of our time.”  ·  Sarah D. Phillips, Indiana University

“All the chapters comprise intelligent, well-researched discussions of inherently significant issues in Ukraine [and]  relevant to a number of societies and cultures throughout the world.”  ·  Michael Naydan, Penn State University

“… [the chapters] convincingly illustrate cultural shifts that occurred in Ukraine since independence and fit a paradigm of ‘New Imaginaries,’ as envisioned by the editor, namely bringing to light those qualities that are often associated with postcolonial societies and labeled as cultural hybridity.”  ·  Maria G. Rewakowicz, University of Washington

Having been spared the constraints imposed on intellectual discourse by the totalitarian regime of the past, young Ukrainian scholars now engage with many Western ideological theories and practices in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and uncensored scholarship. Displacing the Soviet legacy of prescribed thought and practices, this volume’s female contributors have infused their work with Western elements, although vestiges of Soviet-style ideas, research methodology, and writing linger. The result is the articulation of a “New Imaginaries” — neither Soviet nor Western — that offers a unique approach to the study of gender by presenting a portrait of Ukrainian society as seen through the eyes of a new generation of feminist scholars.

Marian J. Rubchak is a Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University. Her work focuses on reimagining Slavic identities in various contexts. She edited the collection Mapping Difference: The Many Faces of Women in Contemporary Ukraine (Berghahn 2011).

Subject: Sociology Gender Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

LC: HQ1665.45.N49 2015

BISAC: SOC010000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Feminism & Feminist Theory; SOC032000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Gender Studies; SOC026000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/General

BIC: JFSJ1 Gender studies: women; JHB Sociology




Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword
Martha Kebalo

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Marian Rubchak

PART I: GENDER POLITICS IN POST-SOVIET UKRAINE

Chapter 1. Women's Top-Level Political Participation: Failures and Hopes of Ukrainian Gender Politics
Tamara Martsenyuk

Chapter 2. Gender Transformations in the Political System of Contemporary Ukraine: Will Ukraine Remain Gender Blind?
Oksana Yarosh

Chapter 3. Theory to Practice: The Personal Becomes Political in the Post-Soviet Space
Tamara Zlobina

PART II: POWER OF THE MEDIA

Chapter 4. Ukrainian Glamour as a Consequence of the Soviet Past
Tetiana Bulakh

Chapter 5. Gender Dreams or Sexism? Advertising in Post-Soviet Ukraine
Oksana Kis and Tetyana Bureychak

Chapter 6. Masquerading as Womanliness: Female Subjectivity in Ukrainian Contemporary Art
Tamara Zlobina

Chapter 7. Women’s Voices in Contemporary Ukrainian Literary Journalism
Mariya Tytarenko

PART III: CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS

Chapter 8. Homemaker and Breadwinner Roles in the Eyes of Female Labor Migrants
Viktoriya V. Volodko

Chapter 9. Some Peculiarities of Ukrainian Female Migration to Spain
Galyna Gorodetska

Chapter 10. Changes in the Lives of Post-Soviet Women in Lviv Oblast
Halyna Labinska

Chapter 11. Gender Strategies in Research on Family Marriage Practices: Assessment of Contemporary Youth
Lyudmyla Males

PART IV: PARADIGM SHIFTS

Chapter 12. Gender as the “Blind Spot” in Ukrainian Psychology
Marfa M. Skoryk

Chapter 13. The Ukrainian Woman Elects Patriarchy: Who Benefits?
Hanna Chernenko

Chapter 14. Men in Crisis: Moral Panicking, Media Discourse, Gender Ideology
Tetyana Bureychak

Notes on Contributors
Index

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