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Gender in Georgia: Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation, and History in the South Caucasus

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Gender in Georgia

Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation, and History in the South Caucasus

Edited by Maia Barkaia and Alisse Waterston
Afterword by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn

250 pages, 19 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-675-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 2017)

ISBN  978-1-80073-220-9 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Not Yet Published (September 2021)

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“…a remarkably frank, thought-provoking and—to this reader—inspiring examination of gender in Georgia…The collection shows gender in Georgia as a social and political construct, as an experience, and as a powerful analytical tool through which to assess Georgia’s past and present. It is a much needed and welcome contribution to the field.” • Women East-West Newsletter (Association for Women in Slavic Studies)

“This edited volume provides the first collection of essays exploring gender in Georgia covering the period from the late nineteenth century to the present. As a collection, the volume is valuable reading for anyone with an interest in the complex and contested configurations of gender categories, identities, experiences, and agency in Georgia (and beyond), and for their relation to history, power, nation, and geo-politics.” • Slavic Review

“This volume is a wonderful and essential contribution to an understudied but critical area of interest.” • Fran Mascia-Lees, Rutgers University


As Georgia seeks to reinvent itself as a nation-state in the post-Soviet period, Georgian women are maneuvering, adjusting, resisting and transforming the new economic, social and political order. In Gender in Georgia, editors Maia Barkaia and Alisse Waterston bring together an international group of feminist scholars to explore the socio-political and cultural conditions that have shaped gender dynamics in Georgia from the late 19th century to the present. In doing so, they provide the first-ever woman-centered collection of research on Georgia, offering a feminist critique of power in its many manifestations, and an assessment of women’s political agency in Georgia.

Maia Barkaia has an international PhD in gender studies from Tbilisi State University and an M.A. in modern Indian history from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She holds positions at the Institute of Gender Studies, TSU, and the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre. Her research examines the dynamics of student resistance and social movements in Georgia and India; her current project explores the gendered political economy of time.

Alisse Waterston is Presidential Scholar and Professor of Anthropology at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author most recently of My Father's Wars: Migration, Memory and the Violence of a Century (Routledge, 2014). She has been an International Scholar of the Open Society Institute affiliated with Tbilisi State University (2012-2015) and is President of the American Anthropological Association (2015-2017).

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Central/Eastern Europe