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Women's Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era: The Case of Yugoslavia

Women's Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era: The Case of Yugoslavia theme section Gendering the Cold War Women’s Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era The Case of Yugoslavia Chiara Bonfi glioli ABSTRACT The Cold War era has been mainly represented as a period of gender conservatism in feminist literature, and communist women in Eastern and Western Europe have been o en described as manipulated or deprived of agency due to their lack of autonomy from Communist Party politics. On the basis of archival sources and autobiographies, this article explores the Cold War activities of a women’s organization founded in Yugoslavia during the Second World War: the Antifašistički Front Žena (Antifascist Women’s Front, or AFŽ). The article describes the activities of the AFŽ from its creation until its dissolution in 1953, focusing on its campaigns for women’s political, economic, and social rights in the postwar and early Cold War period. By engaging with the pioneering work of Zagreb feminist historian Lydia Sklevicky and with new archival sources, the article aims to shed light on women’s political and social agency in Cold War times. KEYWORDS: Agency, autonomy, Cold War, feminism, generations, women’s activism, Yugoslavia Introduction The Cold War era has generally been represented as a moment of conservatism http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Women's Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era: The Case of Yugoslavia

Aspasia , Volume 8 (1): 25 – Mar 1, 2014

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
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10.3167/asp.2014.080102
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theme section Gendering the Cold War Women’s Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era The Case of Yugoslavia Chiara Bonfi glioli ABSTRACT The Cold War era has been mainly represented as a period of gender conservatism in feminist literature, and communist women in Eastern and Western Europe have been o en described as manipulated or deprived of agency due to their lack of autonomy from Communist Party politics. On the basis of archival sources and autobiographies, this article explores the Cold War activities of a women’s organization founded in Yugoslavia during the Second World War: the Antifašistički Front Žena (Antifascist Women’s Front, or AFŽ). The article describes the activities of the AFŽ from its creation until its dissolution in 1953, focusing on its campaigns for women’s political, economic, and social rights in the postwar and early Cold War period. By engaging with the pioneering work of Zagreb feminist historian Lydia Sklevicky and with new archival sources, the article aims to shed light on women’s political and social agency in Cold War times. KEYWORDS: Agency, autonomy, Cold War, feminism, generations, women’s activism, Yugoslavia Introduction The Cold War era has generally been represented as a moment of conservatism

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2014

Keywords: agency; autonomy; Cold War; feminism; generations; women's activism; Yugoslavia

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