Here are links to some publications I’ve written in anthropological journals, and a book review I’ve done in Polish history:
- “A Lot Depends on Us”: Discourses of Collective and Individual Responsibility in
Polish Women’s Self-Defense Courses. Anthropology of East Europe Review. 27(2): pp. 176-192.
– This is an article based on my preliminary dissertation research in Poland with women who take self-defense courses. In a nutshell, it’s about how women in these courses are interested in empowering themselves individually, rather than changing things structurally for women as a group. I believe this ties in with Polish culture’s transition from what was perceived archaic, collective, “communist” way of looking at society, to a modern, individualistic, “capitalist” view.
- 2009 A Woman’s Nature: Femininity and Individual Empowerment in a Polish Women’s Self-Defense Seminar.Journal of International Women’s Studies. 11(4): pp. 94-114.
– This is another article on the same topic, but I look at it from a different perspective. This article still discusses an idea of individualized empowerment, but I also start bringing ideas about gender essentialism that come up in several of the self-defense courses I attended. By gender essentialism, I mean the belief that gender characteristics are fixed and unchanging, rather than performed and negotiable. Many women’s self-defense classes hold tightly to the idea that men have a tendency toward aggression, while women are nurturing, caring and emotional.
- 2007 Review of Timothy Snyder, The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania,Belarus1569-1999 in Sarmatian Review 28(1): pp. 1366-1367.
-This is a book review of a great historical text. The history of this region of eastern Europe can be very confusing, because the borders were constantly changing for hundreds of years! This book does a great job of explaining why all of this happened, and helps the reader make sense of the history and how it affects these cultures today..