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Domestic service in the Soviet Union


This innovative study is the first to explore the evolution of domestic service in the Soviet Union, set against the background of changing discourses on women, labour, and socialist living. Even though domestic service conflicted with the Bolsheviks’ egalitarian message, the regime embraced paid domestic labor as a temporary solution to the problem of housework. Analyzing sources ranging from court cases to oral interviews, Alissa Klots demonstrates how the regime both facilitated and thwarted domestic workers’ efforts to reinvent themselves as equal members of Soviet society. Here, a desire to make maids and nannies equal participants in the building of socialism clashed with a gendered ideology where housework was women’s work. This book serves not only as a window into class and gender inequality under socialism, but as a vantage point to examine the power of state initiatives to improve the lives of household workers in the modern world.

Artikelnummer: 43135 Categorie: Tags: , ,
Subtitel: Women's Emancipation and the Gendered Hierarchy of Labor
Auteur: Klots, Alissa
Jaar: 2024
ISBN: 9781009467209
Pagina's: 307
Taal: English
Uitgever: Cambridge university press
Uitgever stad: Cambridge
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