Gender based social movements and lgbt movement in Post-Soviet Russia

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2015
Seçkin, Ecem
This study examines the emergence and development of gender based social movements and LGBT movements in post-Soviet Russia with the legacy of homophobic and sexist policies of Tsarist and Soviet Russia. From a historical perspective, this thesis aims to analyze how gender related social issues have been perceived by the Russian society and how activists desired changes in the Russian society through social movements. In this thesis, social movements and gender related problems are investigated in a historical context because today’s movements have been affected by gender policies of the Tsarist and Soviet Russia. The main research problem is how Russian activists make gender related social issues visible and raise their concerns in public sphere through framing gender issue, creating their networks and collective identity for new recruitments, as well as producing their own repertoire and using strategies in social movements under repressive gender policies of the Russian Federation. The thesis argues that despite the regimes changes Russia went through and its recent transition to democracy, there is limited space for social movements related to gender issue in contemporary Russia. Despite that gender based social movements and LGBT movements in Russia are proved to be crucial in terms of challenging gender related social problems like discrimination, inequality and violence. Even if it is difficult to be a significant social change in the short turn, these movements are vital for the visibility of gender related social issues and for raising awareness in public about these issues in the long term in post-Soviet Russia.

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E. Seçkin, “Gender based social movements and lgbt movement in Post-Soviet Russia,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.