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When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917, they believed that under socialism the family would "wither-away." They envisioned a society in which communal dining halls, daycare centers, and public laundries would replace the unpaid labor of women in the home. Yet by 1936 legislation designed to liberate women from their legal and economic dependence had given way to increasingly conservative solutions aimed at strengthening traditional family ties and women's reproductive role. This book explains the reversal, focusing on how women, peasants, and orphans responded to Bolshevik attempts to remake the family, and how their opinions and experiences in turn were used by the state to meet its own needs.
Focusing on how women, peasants and orphans responded to Bolshevk attempts to remake the family, this text reveals how, by 1936, legislation designed to liberate women had given way to increasingly conservative solutions strengthening traditional family values.
This book focuses on how women, peasants, and orphans responded to Bolshevik attempts to remake the family, and how their opinions and experiences in turn were used by the state to meet its own needs.
Table of Contents
1. The origins of the Bolshevik vision: love unfettered: women free; 2. The first retreat: Besprizornost and socialised childrearing; 3. Law and life collide: free union and the wage-earning population; 4. Stirring the sea of peasant stagnation; 5. Pruning the 'Bourgeois Thicket': drafting a new family code; 6. Freedom and its consequences: the debate on the 1926 family code; 7. Reproduction and the law; 8. Recasting the vision: the resurrection of the family; 9. Conclusion: the new socialist state, law and family.
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