This Handbook is the key reference for contemporary historical and political approaches to gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Leading scholars examine the region’s highly diverse politics, histories, cultures, ethnicities, and religions, and how these structures intersect with gender alongside class, sexuality, coloniality, and racism. Comprising 51 chapters, the Handbook is divided into six thematic parts:

Part I Conceptual debates and methodological differences

Part II Feminist and women’s movements cooperating and colliding

Part III Constructions of gender in different ideologies

Part IV Lived experiences of individuals in different regimes

Part V The ambiguous postcommunist transitions

Part VI Postcommunist policy issues

With a focus on defining debates, the collection considers how the shared experiences, especially communism, affect political forces’ organization of gender through a broad variety of topics including feminisms, ideology, violence, independence, regime transition, and public policy.

It is a foundational collection that will become invaluable to scholars and students across a range of disciplines including Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Central-Eastern European and Eurasian Studies.

part I|5 pages

Conceptual debates and methodological differences

chapter |3 pages


Conceptual debates and methodological differences
ByJanet Elise Johnson, Katalin Fábián, Mara Lazda

part |31 pages

The development of the field

chapter 1|9 pages

Between regional and transnational contexts

ByMaria Bucur

chapter 2|10 pages

Fluidity or clean breaks?

ByJoanna Regulska, Zofia Włodarczyk

chapter 3|10 pages

Neoliberal intervention

Analyzing the Drakulić–Funk–Ghodsee debates
ByEva Maria Hinterhuber, Gesine Fuchs

part |30 pages


chapter 5|9 pages

The case and comparative methods

ByLisa McIntosh Sundstrom

chapter 6|8 pages

Quantitative and experimental methods

ByOlga A. Avdeyeva, Nellie Bohac

part |20 pages


chapter 7|9 pages

Postcoloniality in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia

ByTatsiana Shchurko, Jennifer Suchland

chapter 8|9 pages

Post-Soviet masculinities

Sex, power, and the vanishing subject
ByEliot Borenstein

part II|4 pages

Feminist and women’s movements cooperating and colliding

chapter |2 pages


Feminist and women’s movements cooperating and colliding
ByKatalin Fábián, Mara Lazda, Janet Elise Johnson

part |19 pages

Women’s organizing under empires

chapter 9|8 pages

Challenging tradition and crossing borders

Women’s activism and literary modernism in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
ByAgatha Schwartz

chapter 10|9 pages

The First All-Russian Women’s Congress

“The Women’s Parliament”
ByRochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

part |10 pages

Socialist (feminist) interpretations

chapter 11|8 pages

The Russian Revolution and women’s liberation

Rethinking the legacy of the socialist emancipation project
ByElena Gapova

part |20 pages

Dissident women and feminisms

chapter 12|8 pages

Czechoslovak feminisms during the interwar period

ByIveta Jusová, Karla Huebner

chapter 13|10 pages

Women in Poland’s Solidarity

ByShana Penn

part |38 pages

Postcommunist NGO feminisms and beyond

chapter 14|9 pages

From Soviet feminism to the European Union

Transnational women’s movements between East and West
ByMagdalena Grabowska

chapter 15|9 pages

Transnational feminism and women’s NGOs

The case of the Network of East–West Women
ByNanette Funk

chapter 17|9 pages

Pussy Riot and FEMEN’s global trajectories in law, society, and culture

ByJessica Zychowicz, Nataliya Tchermalykh

part III|4 pages

Constructions of gender in different ideologies

chapter |2 pages


Constructions of gender in different ideologies
ByMara Lazda, Janet Elise Johnson, Katalin Fábián

part |20 pages


chapter 18|9 pages

Nationalism and sexuality in Central-Eastern Europe

ByAnita Kurimay

part |11 pages


chapter 20|9 pages

Far-right expectations of women in Central-Eastern Europe

ByAndrea Pető

part |38 pages

Socialisms and communisms

part |21 pages


chapter 25|9 pages

Gender and the democratic paradox in Latvia

ByDaina S. Eglitis, Marita Zitmane, Laura Ardava-Āboliņa

chapter 26|10 pages

Anti-gender mobilization and right-wing populism

ByAgnieszka Graff

part IV|4 pages

Lived experiences of individuals in different regimes

chapter |2 pages


Lived experiences of individuals in different regimes
ByMara Lazda, Katalin Fábián, Janet Elise Johnson

part |20 pages

Empires and monarchies

chapter 27|9 pages

Late imperial Russia and its gendered order in the countryside

ByChristine D. Worobec

chapter 28|9 pages

Gendered moral panics in the late Habsburg Monarchy

Prostitution, sex trafficking, and venereal disease
ByNancy M. Wingfield

part |10 pages


chapter 29|8 pages

The promise of gender equality in interwar Central-Eastern Europe

ByMelissa Feinberg

part |20 pages

Nazism, Stalinism, and war

chapter 30|9 pages

Sexuality in the Holocaust

ByAnna Hájková

chapter 31|9 pages

Deportation and Gulag as gendered processes

ByDovilė Budrytė

part |20 pages

Socialisms and communisms

part V|4 pages

The ambiguous postcommunist transitions

chapter |2 pages


The ambiguous postcommunist transitions
ByJanet Elise Johnson, Mara Lazda, Katalin Fábián

part |21 pages

Democratic and economic changes

chapter 34|9 pages

Gender and the ambiguities of economic transition in Romania

ByJill Massino

chapter 35|10 pages

Democratization, authoritarianism, and gender in Russia

ByAndrea Chandler

part |18 pages


chapter 36|8 pages

Europeanization and the challenge of gender equality

ByAndrea Spehar

chapter 37|8 pages

The Europeanization and politicization of LGBT rights in Serbia

ByKoen Slootmaeckers

part |20 pages


chapter 38|9 pages

Russian-speaking LGBTQ communities in the West

ByAlexandra Novitskaya

chapter 39|9 pages

Postsocialist migration and intimacy

ByAlexia Bloch

part VI|4 pages

Postcommunist policy issues

chapter |2 pages


Postcommunist policy issues
ByKatalin Fábián, Janet Elise Johnson, Mara Lazda

part |11 pages

Political leadership

chapter 42|9 pages

Women’s representation in politics

BySharon Wolchik, Cristina Chiva

part |30 pages

Gender-based violence

chapter 43|9 pages

Hybrid regimes and gender violence prevention campaigns in Ukraine

ByAlexandra Hrycak

chapter 44|10 pages

Bride kidnapping and polygynous marriages

Gendered debates in Central Asia
ByCynthia Werner

chapter 45|9 pages

Trafficked women and men to and from Russia

ByLauren A. McCarthy

part |21 pages

Reproductive rights

chapter 46|9 pages

Assisted reproduction

Poland in a comparative perspective
ByElżbieta Korolczuk

chapter 47|10 pages

Abortion and reproductive health in Eurasia

Continuity and change
ByCynthia Buckley

part |37 pages

Social policy and health

chapter 48|9 pages

Single mothers, family change, and normalized gender crisis in Russia

ByJennifer Utrata

chapter 50|8 pages

Women’s representation in sport

ByHonorata Jakubowska