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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 Published (September 2021)
eISBN 978-1-78533-676-8 eBook
“This book is recommended reading to anybody interested in Georgia with a broad variety of topics where every reader can find something interesting.” • East European Politics
“While academic in style, the book is suitable for a wider audience. The range of methodology and sources used are its main assets. The book will be of interest to researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of gender studies, identities, East European studies and post-socialism. Overall, the book is an ambitious attempt to cover broad themes and topics pertaining to gender in Georgia.” • Europe-Asia Studies
“Gender in Georgia is, frankly, a delightful example of scholarly explorations of identity and gender in a tumultuous political environment. It would be a welcome addition for courses on identity and gender. For feminist scholars and students generally, its interdisciplinary and methodological diversity offers a master class on addressing a single question from a variety of perspectives and angles. For those of us who are interested in Georgia, this a necessary work that not only highlights the challenges faced by women and LGBT communities there, but also is a testament to the resilience and strength of those who find paths forward.” • Gender & Society
“…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 Light in Dark Times: The Human Search for Meaning, illustrated by Charlotte Corden (University of Toronto Press, 2020). She is past-President of the American Anthropological Association (2015-2017), and Editor of the Intimate Ethnography series (Berghahn Books).