Anchors, Habitus, and Practices Besieged by War: Women and Gender in the Blockade of Leningrad

TitleAnchors, Habitus, and Practices Besieged by War: Women and Gender in the Blockade of Leningrad
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHaas, Jeffrey K.
JournalSociological Forum
Volume32
Issue2
Pagination253 - 276
Date Published01/2017
Abstract

This article investigate women's perceptions of normal relations, practices, status, and gendered self in an intense situation of wartime survival, the Blockade of Leningrad (1941-1944), an 872-day ordeal that demographically feminized the city. Using Blockade diaries for data on everyday life, perceptions, and practices, the study shows how women's gendered skills and habits of breadseeking and caregiving (finding scarce resources and providing aid) were key to survival and helped elevate their sense of status. [Wiley Online Library]

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