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Grassroots Feminist Initiatives in Saint Petersburg: Solidarities and Collective Action Expirience

Student: Olga Senkova

Supervisor: Elena L. Omelchenko

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Modern Social Analysis (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2017

In this Master's thesis, solidarity and collective action experience of St. Petersburg feminist scene’s participants are analyzed. The research is implemented in the tradition of qualitative methodology. The research is based on 28 semi-structured interviews with participants of feminist initiatives in St. Petersburg (aged between 17 and 39), as well as on 32 days of ethnographic observations, recorded in field diaries. In addition, photos and videos taken during the data collection process were used to analyze the material. The master's thesis is devoted to the definition of key values of the feminist scene, significant categories for the definition of "one's own" and "strangers", the identification of the reasons for the emergence of confrontations and contradictions between the participants of grassroots feminist initiatives existing in the contemporary feminist scene of St. Petersburg. The structure of the work consists of an introduction, two main chapters, conclusion, a list of literature (70 sources) and 4 annexes. Keywords: feminism, feminist scene, activism, solidarity

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