“Informal Trade, Gender and the Border Experience: from Political Borders to Social Boundaries” written by the European Humanities University (EHU) lecturer and EHU Center for Gender Studies researcher Dr. Olga Sasunkevich addresses various aspects of the history of the Belarusian-Lithuanian borderland.
Ashgate’s Border Regions Series publishes a new book “Informal Trade, Gender and the Border Experience: from Political Borders to Social Boundaries” written by EHU lecturer Dr. Olga Sasunkevich.
Monograph is based on a research conducted by Dr. Sasunkevich while conducting her doctoral research in 2010-2012. Book is structured around two major topics: everyday history of the borderland after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the female experience of cross-border trade in the region. The book shows how the political border affects the construction of social boundaries, and how the inhabitants of the borderland are adapting to the new conditions related to the emergence of a political border in a previously united geographic region.
Particular attention is drawn to the experience of women living in the borderland region. While conducting interviews, Dr. Sasunkevich made an attempt to demonstrate both difficulties that Belarusian women from small towns are facing in everyday life, and optimism and dignity they overcome the most difficult situations in their life with. Dr. Sasunkevich’s book is feminist in the truest sense, says in one of the reviews.
Presentation of the book will take place at EHU in early February 2016. Contents of the book and its introduction is available online. A copy of the book can be also found in the EHU library.
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