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: 06/25/2008
Format: Paperback 14 b&w photos, 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-21992-3
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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

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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