Gender, sexuality, and disability in postsocialist Central-Eastern Europe

Teodor Mladenov (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the combined impact of state socialist legacies and postsocialist neoliberal transformations on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and disability in present day Central-Eastern Europe (CEE). Using a critical and intersectional perspective, it is argued that elements of the state socialist heritage have interacted with features of postsocialist neoliberalization to enhance the oppression of women, homosexual, and disabled people in CEE. Emphasizing continuity rather than historical rupture, the main part of the analysis looks at the ways in which state socialist productivism, biological reductionism, and institutional confinement have been modified (rather than negated) by welfare state retrenchment, retraditionalization of society, and creeping marketization in the aftermath of 1989. The chapter also examines how individuals and communities have actively responded to and resisted resultant oppressions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia
EditorsMara Lazda, Katalin Fabian, Janet Elise Johnson
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter51
Edition1
ISBN (Print)9781138347755
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

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