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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Research Institutes > History and Governance Research Institute > German History Group > Young Women in Right-Wing Groups and Organisations in East Germany

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Title: Young Women in Right-Wing Groups and Organisations in East Germany
Authors: Weiss, Karin
Citation: In: Kolinksy, Eva and Nickel, H.M. (Eds.), Reinventing Gender: Women in Eastern Germany Since Unification, 250-275
Publisher: Abingdon: Routledge (a Taylor & Francis imprint)
Issue Date: 2002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27216
Additional Links: http://www.routledge.com/books/Reinventing-Gender-isbn9780714683119
Abstract: "Reinventing Gender" focuses on the consequences of post-communist transformation for women in eastern Germany and evaluates their responses. In the GDR era, women were required to take on employment while the state provided child care and financial incentives for mothers. Since the duty to work applied to men as well as women, women did not perceive their situation as disadvantaged or gender as a barrier to their socio-economic participation. Gender was not linked with inequality and there was no feminist discourse, although the hidden reality was that women's issues lagged behind those of men. In the post-communist era gender emerged as a new divide. While the politicians had expected that eastern German women would focus on their families, they confounded policy-makers by refusing to regard homemaking as an acceptable lifestyle. However, since unification women have had fewer employment opportunities and lower job security. Gender has been reinvented in two ways: a sense of injustice among women and their bid for labour market inclusion, and the experience of unfamiliar barriers to employment on the grounds of gender. In recasting their biographies by postponing marriage and childbirth and developing new strategies of risk management to retain their place in the newly competitive labour market, women are trying to avoid the pitfalls of gender and take advantage of the opportunities in the post-communist setting.
Type: Book chapter
Language: en
Keywords: German history
20th century
German reunification
Social history
Eastern Germany
Women in society
Political history
Political organisations
Right wing politics
Young women
Feminism
21st century
ISBN: 0714653772
978-0714653778
Appears in Collections: German History Group
History

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