The emancipation of women in Stalinist Central Asia

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2011
Erdal, Şule
This thesis mainly deals with the issue that if the policies of women's emancipation implemented in Stalinist Central Asia were constructed on the basis of Marxist ideology. For this purpose, after how the issue of women‟s emancipation is conceptualized in classical Marxism, the existing political, economic, sociocultural structures as well as the gender relations in the region before the confrontation between the Central Asians and Soviet Russians and the policies of women‟s emancipation implemented in the pre-Stalinist era are discussed, the policies of Stalin concerning women‟s emancipation are elaborated in detail. Being denoted that the issue of women‟s emancipation in socialist society is sacrificed for achieving the great Stalinist ideals, in this thesis conclusively, it is stated that despite being neither directly women‟s emancipation-oriented nor Marxism-inspired the policies of Stalin concerning women produced both Marxist and emancipatory consequences in Central Asia in the long run.

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Ş. Erdal, “The emancipation of women in Stalinist Central Asia,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.