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Empowering Women in Russia By Julie Hemment

Empowering Women in Russia by Julie Hemment

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Empowering Women in Russia: Activism, Aid, and NGOs by Julie Hemment

Julie Hemment's engrossing study traces the development encounter through interactions between international foundations and Russian women's groups during a decade of national collapse. Prohibited from organizing independently under state socialism, women's groups became a focus of attention in the mid-1990s for foundations eager to promote participatory democracy, but the version of civil society that has emerged (the third sector) is far from what Russian activists envisioned and what donor agencies promised. Drawing on ethnographic methods and Participatory Action Research, Hemment tells the story of her introduction to and growing collaboration with members of the group Zhenskii Svet (Women's Light) in the provincial city of Tver'.

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. . . What is clear is that the decidedly global, critical, self-reflexive and praxis-oriented model that Hemment offers here is made for such complex and dynamic interventions, and finally provides an avenue for anthropologists to handle them with the precision, attention and care they deserve.

* Anthropological Quarterly *

[W]ritten in a clear, accessible, and very engaging way, making it suitable for anyone within the development sector with an interest in gender issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union, or an interest in processes of democratisation . . .

* Gender & Development *

This is unquestionably an important book in our efforts to understand women in Russia and the evolution of post-Soviet Russian society. . . . It can be recommended to students and scholars of Russia as well as those specializing in women's issues. Vol. 44, No. 4

* Journal of Contemporary History *

Despite the critiques of the NGO world and the collapse of the women's crisis centre,Hemment's collaborative research had fruitful results as many women felt empowered and benefited . . . .34.2 March-April 2011

* Women's Studies Intnl Form *

. . . This thoughtful, intriguing analysis of a complex situation will be of interest to scholars in Russian studies, anthropology, women's studies, economics, and development studies. . . . Highly recommended.

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About Julie Hemment

Julie Hemment is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Gendered Interventions
1. Muddying the Waters: Participatory Action Research in Tver'
2. Querying Democratization: Civil Society, International Aid, and the Riddle of the Third Sector
3. Gender Mainstreaming and the Third-Sectorization of Russian Women's Activism
4. Global Civil Society and the Local Costs of Belonging: Setting up a Crisis Center in Tver'
5. A Tale of Two Projects

List of References

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Empowering Women in Russia: Activism, Aid, and NGOs by Julie Hemment
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