Women in Romania

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    Before becoming a member of the socialist bloc, Romania was a rural country with a strong peasant culture. In 1938 the agricultural sector employed 80 percent of the working population, providing the most important economic output. Even the “exiles”-the educated urban elites-regarded the peasant culture as the only “pure,” sane, and uncorrupted system. In order to understand women’s condition in Romania today, one cannot underestimate the importance of the enduring and deeply entrenched peasant culture, which provided the traditions, values, and moral standards for the whole country. This culture, combined with the Bolshevik political system and culture, accounts for the position of women in Romania today.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGender Politics and Post-Communism
    Subtitle of host publicationReflections from Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9780429759017
    ISBN (Print)0415904773, 9781138388116
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


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