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
Date Written: October 12, 2010
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
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