Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this collection of essays examines the ways in which popular media re-construct ideas and ideals of femininity in the post-socialist cultural space. The authors explore a comprehensive range of questions including: How have post-socialist women engaged with media as media producers and consumers, as well as objects of media representation? What are the consequences of the commodification of femininity in the post-socialist context? How does the female body serve as a battleground for the enactment and renegotiation of gendered identities and ideologies? How can we understand and theorize post-socialist women’s activist movements?
In seeking answers to such questions, this volume highlights the need to reconsider feminism as a political and theoretical project with many faces. It bridges research on the mediation of post-socialist femininities with broader concerns about the transnational trajectories of feminism today.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Feminist Media Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Mediating Post-Socialist Femininities: Contested histories and visibilities Nadia Kaneva
2. Becoming Visible in The Digital Age: The class and media dimensions of the Pussy Riot affair Elena Gapova
3. Feminine Libidinal Entrepreneurship: Towards a reparative reading of the sponzoruša in turbo folk Dijana Jelača
4. Feminine Voice In Poland: The case of Danuta Wałęsa Katarzyna Kułakowska and Agata Łuksza
5. Watching Pink Reality TV: Gendered commercial ethno-nationalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina Zala Volčič and Karmen Erjavec
6. Old Title, New Traditions: Negotiating ideals of femininity in Krest’ianka magazine Saara Ratilainen
7. The Egoist Lifestyle: Gender, community, and the "new generation" of post-communist Bulgaria Zornitsa Keremidchieva
8. Between Sovietism and Americanization: Ideals of femininity during and after the Cold War in Finland Laura Saarenmaa
Nadia Kaneva is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver, USA. Her research draws on critical theories of culture and communication, and explores the intersections of media, markets, and identities in the post-socialist context.