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Stalin’s Constitution

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ISBN: 9781138721845 9781315194004 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102671
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Upon its adoption in December 1936, Soviet leaders hailed the new so-called Stalin Constitution as the most democratic in the world. Scholars have long scoffed at this claim, noting that the mass repression of 1937-1938 that followed rendered it a hollow document. This book focuses on the six-month long popular discussion of the draft Constitution, which preceded its formal adoption in December 1936. Drawing on rich archival sources, this book uses the discussion of the draft 1936 Constitution to examine discourse between the central state leadership and citizens about the new Soviet social contract, which delineated the roles the state and citizens should play in developing socialism.

The Pitfalls of Protection: Gender, Violence, and Power in Afghanistan

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ISBN: 9780520293199 9780520966390 9780520966390 9780520966390 Year: Pages: 230 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.32 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Gender Studies --- Social Sciences --- History
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Since the 2001 overthrow of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, violence against women has emerged as the single most important issue for Afghan gender politics. The Pitfalls of Protection, based on research conducted in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2015, locates the struggles over gender violence in local and global power configurations. Torunn Wimpelmann finds that aid flows and geopolitics have served as both opportunities for and obstacles to feminist politics in Afghanistan. Showing why Afghan activists often chose to use the leverage of Western powers instead of entering into either protracted negotiations with powerful national actors or broad political mobilization, this book examines both the achievements and the limits of this strategy.

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