Maria Davidenko

Maria Davidenko

Phd, Sociology

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Additional affiliations
July 2015 - December 2015
Australian Catholic University
Position
  • Lecturer-in-charge
Description
  • The course provided an overview of the main themes in sociology of health and illness, including the influence of factors such as gender, class, 'race'/ethnicity and age.

Publications

Publications (10)
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Research on non-profit organisations’ (NPOs’) administrative advocacy suggests that while restrictive regulatory legislation hinders their activities, ambiguous state policy on particular social issues provides opportunities to advance their agenda. To better understand how non-profits conduct their administrative advocacy in a context characterise...
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In the wake of the post-soviet transition, there was significant academic interest in organized civil society and the liberal opposition in Russia. In more recent years, attention has turned to more everyday and episodic forms of local activism by citizens with little history of involvement in politics. But how can we conceptualize the way these ac...
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This article examines how Russian NGOs in the field of domestic violence operate in a legal climate characterised by both state restriction and support. I conceptualise anti-violence NGOs that belong to a network as an ‘epistemic community’ and demonstrate that NGOs in my study faced challenges to the recognition of their expertise by state represe...
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In the late 2000s, a number of analysts were optimistic about Brazil's future. Their expectant analyses did not bear out, however, as a political and economic crisis developed just as Brazil was gearing up to host two mega-events, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016. This paper has two aims. The first is to deepen our understanding...
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In a youth-centred culture, where ageing is associated with physical and mental decline, investment in a youthful appearance promises access to socially valuable resources. The need for regular care for the self, primarily through consumption, constitutes part of the narrative of successful or positive ageing. Due to its emphasis on self-reliance a...
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In the existing literature, the relatively stable period of the 1970s, in Russia, is characterised by the rise of ‘socialist consumer modernity’, while the affluent 2000s were the time when a new phenomenon, ‘the culture of glamour’, emerged. Both periods parallel some cultural developments in the western world: the 1970s–1980s supposedly saw the r...
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In both the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods, femininity and beauty were traits often attributed to the ideal working mother portrayed and promoted in state media. But with greater exposure to global beauty ideals in the post-communist era, the sexualized and beautified female body acquired a social value that was independent of its role in the...
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The political transition in Russia in the early 1990s initiated a series of socio-cultural shifts as the population, particularly in urban areas, was gaining access to consumer goods and services unavailable under communism. The celebration of rising consumerism had its gender dimension. Women had come to view self-beautification as a means for the...
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This paper considers the influence of Russia’s transition from communism to capitalism on women’s gender identity and self-perception as expressed in their beautification practices. I examine women’s daily beauty rituals as a form of self-surveillance and the internalisation of social norms, and as practically applied to oneself, in the context of...

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Woeking on a paper about women's experiences of ageing in Russia. Reviewers advised to engage more with/critique the notion of neolib subjectivity. Am trying to do so by linking together the concepts of governmentlaity and biopolitics, but in relation to Russia. 
Thanks in advance for any advice!
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I've been waiting for a response from JoCC for 10 months now. I emailed them at the 7 months mark asking to give me some update if possible but never heard back. I'm just wondering if it's still worth waiting or should I withdraw and try submitting somewhere else.
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The idea is taken from the following article but it's a common assumption in lit on consumer culture, identity in post/late modernity, etc.: David Machin and Joanna Thornborrow, 'Lifestyle and the Depoliticisation of Agency: Sex as Power in Women’s Magazines', SOCIAL SEMIOTICS VOLUME 16 NUMBER 1 (APRIL 2006).
Do people generally agree that gender and class (ethnicity, sexuality) no longer form the basis for individuals' identities? 
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It's related to my PhD project on women's negotiation of cultural ideals of femininity and beuaty. The main focus is on women's daily beauty practices that I've been exploring based on interviews and complimentary analysis of women's magazines. I'm working on my final draft and though there's still a lot to do I'm really working on figuring out the main argument that runs thorugh the whole work. So, I thought it's time to come out of my scholarly isolation:)

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I've started a new project looking at domestic violence as an instance of violence against women in Russia. My primary interest is in co-operation between different agencies working in this field, especially government agencies, feminist-inspired NGOs and state- and privately funded NGOs affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church. How do they find common ground for co-operation? Do they perceive the issue and the women they are helping similarly, or are there discrepancies? If so, how are these being reconciled? At the moment, I'm leaning towards using Boltanski & Thevenot's orders of worth as a theoretical perspective (especially, to explore the discourses produced by feminist-inspired and religious NGOs).
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This will be a long term study of the project, launched by Moscow's Mayor Sobyanin, to demolish the krushovskiy, five-story housing blocks, and resettle residents in new apartments. It was most likely contain aspects of ethnographic as well as comparative research, and last for several years. The first instances of fieldwork begin in 2018 and will continue over the next few years.
Archived project
Abstract While consumption in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia has been in focus of cultural studies, relatively little is known about how people negotiated the changes in consumer patterns that were enabled by the economic, social and political situations before and after the transition to the market economy. Drawing on interviews with women from Moscow, I explore their reflections on changes and continuities in the local consumer culture through their stories of personal beauty practices in the 1970s-2000s. The narratives about the two last Soviet decades were dominated by the theme of procurement of hard-to-obtain grooming products. To create a desirable image, women had to rely on their social networks as well as pool their resources and use their crafting skills. The 2000s (and to a lesser extent the 1990s), on the other hand, figured as a time of high consumer satisfaction that depended primarily on access to resources of money and time. However, greater consumer choices seemed to have come at a cost of a greater pressure to become a compulsive consumer and to constantly work on one’s body. Key words: beauty, capital, women, Russia