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Sex, Politics, and PutinPolitical Legitimacy in Russia$
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Valerie Sperling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199324347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324347.001.0001

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Fight Club: Gendered Activism on Patriotism, Conscription, and Pro-Natalism

Fight Club: Gendered Activism on Patriotism, Conscription, and Pro-Natalism

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(p.125) 4 Fight Club: Gendered Activism on Patriotism, Conscription, and Pro-Natalism
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Sex, Politics, and Putin
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Valerie Sperling

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199324347.003.0004

This second case study chapter examines the use of gender norms and sexualization as political tools in Russia. It analyzes the use of gender norms in political activism on patriotism and two policy issues typically linked to patriotism: military conscription and pro-natalism. The chapter provides an in-depth look at the gendering of the debate over conscription, including the perspective of both pro- and anti-regime youth movements. Activism by these liberal Russian opposition groups and pro-Putin groups is analyzed, including activities at the annual pro-Kremlin youth camp, Seliger. Seliger in particular provides a unique perspective on the gendering of the debate over the state’s demographic policy.

Keywords:   Russia, patriotism, military conscription, pronatalism, abortion, Nashi, gender norms

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