Experiencing displacement: The transformation of women's spaces in (former) East Germany

K Horschelmann*, B van Hoven

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Based on a comparison of two different research projects carried out in (former) East Germany, this paper analyses the effects of German (re)unification and postsocialist transformation as a specific, gendered form of displacement. We show how new divisions between "public" and "private" have affected women's sense of self and identity, cautioning against the notion that geographical restructuring will inevitably result in an empowering dissolution of fixed, place-bound identities. Instead, we emphasise that places are connected to identities through relations of power and social practices that create unequal conditions for engagement in the (re)production of space. Feminist approaches to citizenship are discussed as one way of challenging the current marginalisation of East German women in unified Germany.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-760
Number of pages19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2003



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