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The Socialist CarAutomobility in the Eastern Bloc$
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Lewis H. Siegelbaum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449918

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449918.001.0001

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Women and Cars in Soviet and Russian Society

Women and Cars in Soviet and Russian Society

(p.186) 11 Women and Cars in Soviet and Russian Society
The Socialist Car

Corinna Kuhr-Korolev

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the relationship of women to cars and society in Russia and the Soviet Union since 1990, with particular emphasis on questions of automobility, gender relations, women’s emancipation, daily life, and consumption. In order to understand car culture from a feminine perspective, the chapter analyzes the meaning of cars for women and the extent to which these meanings have changed over time, especially in recent years, as the number of women drivers has risen dramatically. It also explores whether women, like men, cherished the Soviet dream of consumption, owning a car, and whether they made the usual connection between driving and freedom or independence. Finally, it discusses the relationship, if any, between women’s driving and the emancipation of women, along with women’s attitudes about automobiles and driving.

Keywords:   women, Russia, Soviet Union, automobility, consumption, car culture, women drivers, emancipation of women, automobile, driving

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