Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities

Stella, F. (2015) Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post/Socialism and Gendered Sexualities. Series: Genders and sexualities in the social sciences. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9781137321237

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Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book explores the everyday lives of 'lesbian' women in urban Russia. Part I ('time') examines generational differences between women: it shows how the Soviet system shaped understandings and experiences of same-sex desire, and how same-sex identities and communities have been renegotiated since the demise of state socialism. Part II ('space') attends to regional variation in contemporary Russia, by considering what 'lesbian' life looks like in metropolitan Moscow and in the provincial city of Ul'yanovsk. Francesca Stella details how women negotiate their sexualities across different social spaces (the home, the workplace, the street), and explores how 'lesbian' space is collectively carved out.<p></p> Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia queries essentialist accounts of Russian sexualities as exceptional, and foregrounds gender as key in shaping women's experiences. The book problematises western-centric theorizations by critically engaging with existing perspectives on queer geotemporalities, post/socialist modernity, and the value of public in/visibility.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:lesbians, Russia, sexualities, gender relations, Russia; gender relations, Soviet Union; postsocialism, queer space, queer geotemporalities
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stella, Dr Francesca
Authors: Stella, F.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
528391Female homosexuality and actually existing socialism: an oral history project of lesbian relations in Soviet RussiaFrancesca StellaThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGIE)UNSPECIFIEDSPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES