Becoming a Georgian Woman

Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 127-144, 2010

19 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2010 Last revised: 18 Jul 2011

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Rebecca Gould

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: October 12, 2010

Abstract

This narrative essay examines cultural difference in twenty-first century Tbilisi from the point of view of gender. Combing ethnography with feminist analysis, it describes a non-Georgian assimilating to Georgian culture and subsequently renouncing this new identity. Although perfect gender equality remains a utopian project, the needfulness of equitable relations are made palpable through the experience of disaster. This essay contributes to the study of gender politics and the implications of cultural and religious (Christian/non-Christian) difference in everyday life.

Keywords: acculturation, assimilation, Christianity, nationalism, gender, post-Soviet, Caucasus, Georgia, feminism, birth control

Suggested Citation

Gould, Rebecca Ruth, Becoming a Georgian Woman (October 12, 2010). Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 127-144, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1691190

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

Professor, Islamic World & Comparative Literature, College of Arts & Law, University of Birmingham ( email )

College of Arts and Law
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HOME PAGE: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/rebeccagould

Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies ( email )

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