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Slef-sacrificing Motherhood: Reconciling Traumatic Life Experiences of Hungarian Collectivisation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies. UCRS, Uppsala University and Mälardalen university.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3442-187X
2015 (English)In: The Soviet Past in the Post-Socialist Present: Methodology and Ethics in Russian, Baltic and Central european Oral History and Memory Studies / [ed] Melanie Ilic & Dalia Leinarte, New York: Routledge, 2015, 179-198 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research that questions the portrayal of women as victims of state socialism and patriarchy or views them as a simple means utilised by state socialism to achieve its goals addresses the issue of women’s identities as sources for agency. There is a growing interest in exploring women’s life experiences as formed in socially as well as time and space-bound citizenship. Women’s experiences have been elucidated in intersecting class and ethnic positions. Although collectivisation transformed agrarian society more than was seen in any other sphere of Hungarian life, rural women’s understandings of the changing context have been underrepresented. While domestic labour and motherhood have been identified as central to women’s subordination, recent research has raised the question of whether self-sacrificing motherhood can be the source of historical agency. This chapter explores how understandings of good motherhood were formed in the context of changing life conditions related to collectivisation in Hungary; and what was the importance of understandings of ‘self-sacrificing motherhood’ in the constructions of these women’s self-identities and for their agency. This chapter also problematizes the ethical concerns arising during fieldwork and analysis, and examines recollections of former traumatizing experiences in later life.

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New York: Routledge, 2015. 179-198 p.
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memory, life story, trauma, collectivisation, Hungary, motherhood
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-274609ISBN: 978-1-138-93345-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-274609DiVA: diva2:897040
Available from: 2016-01-24 Created: 2016-01-24 Last updated: 2016-01-24

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