Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine

Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine

Development and the Politics of Differentiation
Sarah D. Phillips
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/3/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00035-4
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Co-winner, 2008-2009 AAUS Prize for Best Book in Ukrainian Studies
In postsocialist Ukraine, with privatization and the scaling back of the social safety net, it is primarily women who have been left as leaders of service-oriented NGOs and mutual aid associations, caring for the marginalized and destitute with little or no support from the Ukrainian state. Sarah D. Phillips follows 11 activists over the course of several years to document the unexpected effects that social activism has produced for women: increasing social inequality and "differentiation" in the form of new cultural criteria for productive citizenship and new definitions of the rights and needs of various categories of citizens.

Author Bio

Sarah D. Phillips is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington.


"A pioneering work in the study of Ukrainian femininity and feminism [that] makes an important contribution to feminist scholarship, to the still underdone scholarship on Ukrainian women, and to comparative studies of Eastern European women." —Marian Rubchak, Valparaiso University

"The profiles of the activists are the most compelling parts of the book. Frequent quotes from the interviews bring the women alive as they struggle to survive through turbulent times." —Sonia Jaffee Robbins, co-founder , Network of East-West Women,
Women’s Review of Books , Vol. 26.3 May/June 2009

". . . a fascinating collage of information about post-socialist Ukraine . . . ." —Anne White, University of Bath,
The Russian Review , Vol. 68.3 July 2009

Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine will appeal to anyone interested in women's activism, nongovernmental organizations and efforts to build civil society. The book provides a fascinating look at the complicated transition to a post-socialist society." —Daily News, Bowling Green, KY , September 12, 2010

Women's Social Activism in the New Ukraine is a compelling, accessible book that should be read by scholars, activists, and policy makers alike." —American Ethnologist

"Sarah Phillips offers a compelling analysis of women's social activism and the different paths it has taken in post-Soviet Ukraine." —SEER

"Hopefully, Phillip's engaging study will move political sociologists with an interest in . . . meso-level structures, as well as political scientists who study administrative and legislative aspects of social welfare, to join anthropologists in a productive dialogue on these and other issues, expanding the new field of post-communist social welfare studies." —PoLAR

"The book’s conclusions are particularly interesting as they contribute not only to the literature on post-Soviet transition and democratization, but also to the role of civil society and the impact that international organizations have on these processes....This title also makes a valuable contribution to women’s studies." —Slavonice and East European Review

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and Translation
Note on the Purchasing Power of the Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)

Introduction: Women, NGOs, and the Politics of Differentiation
1. All Aboard the "Titanic Ukraina"
2. Ukrainian NGO-graphy
3. Claims and Class
4. Movin' On Up: Social Activism and Upward Mobility
Conclusion: Dyferentsiatsiia, Democracy, and Development