23. Post-Socialism

Troubling the Reproduction of the Nation

  1. Frances E. Mascia-Lees
  1. Michele Rivkin-Fish

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch23

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment

How to Cite

Rivkin-Fish, M. (2011) Post-Socialism, in A Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment (ed F. E. Mascia-Lees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444340488.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Rutgers University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189491

Online ISBN: 9781444340488

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Keywords:

  • post-socialism - troubling the reproduction of the nation;
  • end of socialism, the body bursting out of strictures of state ideology - symbol of possibility;
  • classic manifesto for anthropology of “mindful body”;
  • symbolic distinction, between a male public - and female private, a direct contradiction;
  • reproductive body, embodiment of Soviet and Russian political-economic systems;
  • needs of relationships - motivating women to give birth;
  • conflict at heart of encounter - dynamics underway in Russian clinics;
  • shifting biopolitics of pronatalism - in soviet history;
  • socialism, and after its collapse - reproductive body, vehicle for realizing “purely personal motivations”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abortion, the Second Child and Medical Power: An Ethnographic Prelude

  • The Shifting Biopolitics of Pronatalism in Soviet History

  • Abortion as a Routinized Societal Ill

  • Conclusion

  • References