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Feminist Politics in Neoconservative Russia

An Ethnography of Resistance and Resources

By Inna Perheentupa

Published

Jul 5, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529216967

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 5, 2022

Page count

224 pages

Series

Gender and Sociology

ISBN

978-1529216974

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Feminist Politics in Neoconservative Russia

This is a nuanced and compelling analysis of grassroots feminist activism in Russia in the politically turbulent 2010s.

Drawing on rich ethnographic data, the author illustrates how a new generation of activists chose feminism as their main political beacon, and how they negotiated the challenges of authoritarian and conservative trends.

As we witness a backlash against feminism on a global scale with the rise of neo-conservative governments, this highly relevant book decentres Western theory and concepts on feminism and social movements, offering significant insights into how resistance can mobilise and invent creative tactics to cope with an increasingly repressed space for independent political action.

“This timely study brings a fresh perspective to the study of feminist organizing and contention in Russia. Analytically subtle and ethnographically satisfying, it adds substantial value to scholarship on contemporary Russian culture and politics, while contributing to literature on social movements and resistance studies more broadly.” Julie Hemment, University of Massachusetts

"This book reveals the inventive and some of the riskier strategies of the feminist grassroot politics in the context of the Russian conservative authoritarian regime before the war in Ukraine. The text is empirically rich, methodologically relevant, theoretically profound, well-written and thought-provoking. It awakens the sociological imagination." Elena Zdravomyslova, European University at St Petersburg

Inna Perheentupa is Post-Doctoral Researcher in Sociology at the University of Turku.

Introduction: Feminist Resistance in Russia

Civic Activism and Feminist Politics in Russia

Feminists Repairing the Self and Society

Activists Negotiating the Politics of Space

Epistemic Resources and Struggles

Mediatized Manifestations of Feminism

Resources and Their Effect on Feminist Resistance

Appendix: Methodology