Masculinities, Bodies and Subjectivities: Working-Class Men Negotiating Russia’s Post-Soviet Gender Order

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This chapter considers the interrelation between masculinities, bodies and subjectivities of Russian working-class men generated by Russia’s post-Soviet gender order. The collapse of the Soviet Union led to large transformations in Russian society that changed its social structure significantly. During the period of transition, some social classes and groups, which had been sustained by the state and respected in Soviet times, were devalued and downshifted. Working-class people, especially men, experienced this downgrade in the greatest measure. Building on the approaches by Michel Foucault and Raewyn Connell, the chapter examines masculine subjectivities constituted through body and sexual practices of working-class men, and it explains the peculiarities of post-Soviet gender order reflecting Russia’s new forms of socioeconomic politics. The author defines several types of working-class masculinity, which are classic masculine subjectivity reproducing patterns of the Soviet gender order and trying to sustain a normative gender model; and new masculine subjectivity combining neoliberal and counter-neoliberal patterns which can be divided into consuming and protest masculinities.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMasculinity, Labour and Neoliberalism
Subtitle of host publicationWorking-Class Men in International Perspective
EditorsCharlie Walker, Steven Roberts
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319631721
ISBN (Print)9783319631714
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameGlobal Masculinities