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Women and Social Transformation in Central-Eastern Europe: The 'Old Left' and the 'New Right'

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Ferge, Zsuzsa

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Abstract Draws on a variety of statistical data to discuss how the postcommunist transformation in Central & Eastern Europe is affecting the social & economic situation of women, concluding that a consistent leftist family & gender agenda has never been articulated. It is argued that women's educational & labor market opportunities were improved under state socialism, but family policy was streaked with conservatism & implemented in a top-down manner that discouraged women's political participation & power. During transformation, conservative trends & economic hardship are negatively impacting women in the areas of economic participation, reproductive rights, & social policy. Poverty among women & children is growing. Opportunity exists in the form of new civil & political rights, but, to date, women have not organized around their interests in substantial numbers.
Classification Sociology; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Europe; Eastern Europe; Postcommunist Societies; Social Change; Females; Sexual Inequality; Socioeconomic Status; Womens Rights
Document language English
Publication Year 1997
Page/Pages p. 159-178
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 5 (1997) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications