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Gradskova, Y. (2020). Personal is Not Political?: The Sexual Self in Russian Talk Shows of the 1990s. Sexuality & Culture, 24(2), 389-407
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Personal is Not Political?: The Sexual Self in Russian Talk Shows of the 1990s
2020 (English)In: Sexuality & Culture, ISSN 1095-5143, E-ISSN 1936-4822, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 389-407Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The changes in the public discourse on sex and the sexual self in post-Soviet Russia are usually referred to as a “sexual revolution”. However, the fast rejection of freedoms with respect to sexual identities, same-sex relationships and withering of the public discussions about intimacies and sex-education already in the early 2000s requires closer look at discourses of the “sexual revolution” of the 1990s in Russia in order to understand better the character of this rapid change. In this paper I am particularly interested in the discursive dimension and historical implications of the new sexual selves as expressed in the public space in a form of TV-show. The article is analyzing discourses around sexuality and intimacy with focus on two talk-shows broadcasted by the Russian television in the 1990s (“Ya sama” and “Pro eto”) and dealing with gender identities, sexualities and intimacies. I show that articulation of the sexual self as a choice that is relatively free from political and material constraints was an important dimension of the public presentation of sexuality. At the same time differences and deviations from the institutionalized and normalized (hetero)sexuality started to be seen as a subject of “personal choice” and “individual responsibility”. © 2020, The Author(s).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2020
Keywords
(De)Politicization, 1990s, Russia, Sexual self, Social change, Talk-show
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40205 (URN)10.1007/s12119-019-09695-3 (DOI)000519895300003 ()2-s2.0-85078348349 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-02-14 Created: 2020-02-14 Last updated: 2020-04-02Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y., Kondakov, A. & Shevtsova, M. (2020). Post-socialist Revolutions of Intimacy: An Introduction. Sexuality & Culture, 24(2), 359-370
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Post-socialist Revolutions of Intimacy: An Introduction
2020 (English)In: Sexuality & Culture, ISSN 1095-5143, E-ISSN 1936-4822, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 359-370Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

During the past decade, the states situated on the territory of the former Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe have made newspaper headlines around the world for topics on gender and sexuality: it seems that each step towards gender equality and inclusive sexual citizenship in the region has been accompanied by counter-actions on different scales. In what way is the present day of appropriate legislation and recent backlash connected to the legacies of regulations of gender relationships, intimacies, and sexualities under state socialism? What role do economic, political, and educational changes that took place in the region in the 1990s play in these developments? And finally, can we speak about certain similarities between discourses on sexuality and intimacy in the “West,” on the one hand, and in post-Soviet and East European countries, on the other? Reflecting on current changes in post-socialist societies, the authors of this special issue give their own answers to these questions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2020
Keywords
Eastern Europe and Russia, Intimacy, LGBTI, Post-Soviet countries, Sexual education, Sexuality, Sexual culture, editorial, human, LGBTQIA+ people, organization, Russian Federation
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40311 (URN)10.1007/s12119-020-09706-8 (DOI)000515728700002 ()2-s2.0-85078897453 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2020-03-04 Created: 2020-03-04 Last updated: 2020-04-01Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2020). Recovering traditions?: Women, gender, and the authoritarianism of “traditional values” in Russia. Baltic Worlds, XIII(1), 31-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Recovering traditions?: Women, gender, and the authoritarianism of “traditional values” in Russia
2020 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, E-ISSN 2001-7308, Vol. XIII, no 1, p. 31-36Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Södertörns högskola, 2020
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40346 (URN)
Available from: 2020-03-09 Created: 2020-03-09 Last updated: 2020-03-09Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2019). A Decolonial Perspective: Writing the "Other" Women into Soviet Gender History. In: Teresa Kulawik, Zhanna Kravchenko (Ed.), Borderlands in European Gender Studies: Beyond the East–West Frontier (pp. 108-125). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Decolonial Perspective: Writing the "Other" Women into Soviet Gender History
2019 (English)In: Borderlands in European Gender Studies: Beyond the East–West Frontier / [ed] Teresa Kulawik, Zhanna Kravchenko, London: Routledge, 2019, p. 108-125Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2019
Series
Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality
National Category
Gender Studies History
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39598 (URN)9780367258962 (ISBN)9780429290435 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2019-12-13Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2019). Gender equality as a declaration: The changing environment of Nordic-Russian cooperation. In: Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Adam Fejerskov, Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde (Ed.), Rethinking Gender Equality in Global Governance: The Delusion of Norm Diffusion (pp. 169-190). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender equality as a declaration: The changing environment of Nordic-Russian cooperation
2019 (English)In: Rethinking Gender Equality in Global Governance: The Delusion of Norm Diffusion / [ed] Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Adam Fejerskov, Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, p. 169-190Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40207 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-15512-4_7 (DOI)2-s2.0-85078588896 (Scopus ID)9783030155124 (ISBN)9783030155117 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-02-14 Created: 2020-02-14 Last updated: 2020-02-14Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2019). Postsocialist Revolutions Of Intimacy. Baltic Worlds, XII(1), 48-49
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Postsocialist Revolutions Of Intimacy
2019 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, E-ISSN 2001-7308, Vol. XII, no 1, p. 48-49Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Södertörns högskola, 2019
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39726 (URN)
Available from: 2020-01-08 Created: 2020-01-08 Last updated: 2020-01-08Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2018). Emancipation at the crossroads between the ‘woman question’ and the ‘national question’. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union: (pp. 117-131). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emancipation at the crossroads between the ‘woman question’ and the ‘national question’
2018 (English)In: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Russia and the Soviet Union, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 117-131Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the work of the Commission for the Improvement of the Work and Everyday Life of Women (KUTBZh), focusing on the intersection of Soviet policies on women’s emancipation with the politics of emancipation of nations, starting with those who were classified before 1917 as inorodtsy. The chapter examines in particular detail the work of KUTBZh in the Volga-Urals region. KUTBZh held a very unstable position, vacillating between the role of offering choices and new opportunities for women and serving as a state-directed vehicle for forced Sovietisation. As time went by, it was the latter role that dominated. © The Author(s) 2018.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Keywords
Commission for the improvement of the work and everyday life of women, Nationalities policy, Non-russian women, Soviet union, Women’s emancipation
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34738 (URN)10.1057/978-1-137-54905-1_9 (DOI)2-s2.0-85042474252 (Scopus ID)978-1-137-54905-1 (ISBN)978-1-137-54904-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-03-09 Created: 2018-03-09 Last updated: 2018-03-09Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. & Asztalos Morell, I. (Eds.). (2018). Gendering postsocialism: old legacies and new hierarchies. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gendering postsocialism: old legacies and new hierarchies
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018. p. 246
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35329 (URN)10.4324/9781315100258 (DOI)2-s2.0-85047339721 (Scopus ID)978-1-138-29606-0 (ISBN)978-1-315-10025-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-21 Created: 2018-05-21 Last updated: 2018-10-30Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2018). Home is the "place of women's strength": gendering housing in soviet and post-soviet Russia. In: Yulia Gradskova & Ildikó Asztalos Morell (Ed.), Gendering postsocialism: old legacies and new hierarchies (pp. 157-171). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Home is the "place of women's strength": gendering housing in soviet and post-soviet Russia
2018 (English)In: Gendering postsocialism: old legacies and new hierarchies / [ed] Yulia Gradskova & Ildikó Asztalos Morell, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 157-171Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35330 (URN)10.4324/9781315100258-10 (DOI)000460604300010 ()2-s2.0-85047372891 (Scopus ID)978-1-138-29606-0 (ISBN)978-1-315-10025-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-21 Created: 2018-05-21 Last updated: 2020-01-15Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y. (2018). Soviet politics of emancipation of ethnic minority woman: Natsionalka. Cham: Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Soviet politics of emancipation of ethnic minority woman: Natsionalka
2018 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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 address

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Springer, 2018. p. 196
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37959 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-99199-3 (DOI)2-s2.0-85063050411 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-99198-6 (ISBN)978-3-319-99199-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-04-05Bibliographically approved
Projects
Familjen och den starka staten i ett Östeuropa/Östersjöperspektiv: frigörelse eller tvång? [A082-2007_OSS]; Södertörn UniversityMourning Becomes Electra. Gender discrimination and human rights. [A009-2009_OSS]; Södertörn University
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