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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)

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“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


List of Figures

Introduction: Contextualizing Gender in Georgia: Nation, Culture, Power and Politics
Alisse Waterston


Chapter 1. Pioneer Women: “Herstories” of Feminist Movements in Georgia
Lela Gaprindashvili

Chapter 2. “The Country of the Happiest Women”?: Ideology and Gender in Soviet Georgia
Maia Barkaia

Chapter 3. “The West” and Georgian “Difference”: Discursive Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Georgia
Tamar Tskhadadze

Chapter 4. Overcoming the “Delay” Paradigm:  New Approaches to Socialist Women’s Activism in Georgia and Poland
Magdalena Grabowska

Chapter 5. Women’s Political Representation in Post-Soviet Georgia
Ketevan Chkheidze


Chapter 6. The Domestic Violence Challenge to Soviet Women’s Empowerment Policies
Tamar Sabedashvili

Chapter 7. Domestic Violence in Georgia: State and Community Responses, 2006-2015
Nino Javakhishvili and Nino Butsashvili

Chapter 8. Remembering the Past: Narratives of Displaced Women from Abkhazia
Nargiza Arjevanidze

Chapter 9. Displacement, State Violence and Gender Roles: The Case of Internally Displaced and Violence-Affected Georgian Women
Joanna Regulska, Beth Mitchneck, and Peter Kabachnik


Chapter 10. Images of “The New Woman” in Soviet Georgian Silent Films
Salome Tsopurashvili

Chapter 11. Gender Equality: Still a Disputed Value in Georgian Society
Nana Sumbadze

Chapter 12. Georgian Women Migrants: Experiences Abroad and at Home
Tamar Zurabishvili, Maia Mestvirishvili and Tinatin Zurabishvili

Chapter 13. Being Transgender in Georgia
Natia Gvianishvili

Chapter 14. Tracing the LGBT Movement in the Republic of Georgia: Stories of Activists
Anna Rekhviashvili

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn


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