Feminist criticism of the "new democracies" in Serbia and Croatia in the early 1990s
Title: Feminist criticism of the "new democracies" in Serbia and Croatia in the early 1990s
Author: LORAND, Zsofia
Citation: Michal KOPECEK and Piotr WCISLIK (eds): Thinking through transition : liberal democracy, authoritarian pasts, and intellectual history in East Central Europe after 1989, New York ; Budapest : CEU Press, 2015, pp. 431-461
Feminists faced the very same problem in post-1989 Eastern Europe too, including those in the successor states of the freshly dissolved Yugoslavia. Feminism in the successor states in the 1990s, especially in its first half of the decade during the war, has been a popular theme for research; there are many edited volumes and articles in journals, as well as some monographs and a few literary works written about the war both from women’s and feminist perspectives. These works, as well as the sources themselves, are abundant both in English and in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. Due to the focus on the war and feminist activism relating to the war, there is much that has been said about the body, rape, feminist activism, gender-violence, and gender-nationalism. It seems, however, that despite the vast material, we still need an in-depth analysis of the (dis)continuity with feminist activity in Yugoslavia in the two preceding decades on the one hand, and one focusing on democracy and an analysis of how these feminist discourses in the early 1990s grapple with the concept of democracy, on the other.
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