How are the changing gender relations shaping and being shaped by post-socialist marketization and liberalization? Do new forms of ecomic and cultural globalization open spaces for women's empowerment and feminist politics? The rapid social transformations experienced by the people of the Czech Republic in the wake of the collapse of communism in 1989 afford political scientist Jacqui True an opportunity to answer these questions by examining political and gendered identities in a flux. She argues that the privatization of a formerly state ecomy and the adoption of consumer-oriented market practices were shaped by ideas and attitudes about gender roles. Though finely tuned to the particular local traditions that have defined the boundaries of globalization for Czech men and women, Gender, Globalization and Postsocialism also offers a general thesis about the inextricable linkages between political and ecomic changes and gender identities.
Jacqui True is assistant professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has been a visiting assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University.