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Social Inequalities and Discontent in Yugoslav Socialism

1st Edition

Edited by Rory Archer, Igor Duda, Paul Stubbs

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198 pages

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Socialist countries like Yugoslavia garnered legitimacy through appealing to social equality. Yet social stratification was characteristic of Yugoslav society and increased over the course of the state's existence. By the 1980s the country was divided on socio-economic as well as national lines. Through case studies from a range of social millieux, contributors to this volume seek to 'bring class back in' to Yugoslav historiography, exploring how theorisations of social class informed the politics and policies of social mobility and conversely, how societal or grassroots understandings of class have influenced politics and policy. Rather than focusing on regional differentiation between Yugoslav republics and provinces the emphasis is placed on social differentiation and discontent within particular communities. The contributing authors of these historical studies come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, linking scholarship from the socialist era to contemporary research based on accessing newly available primary sources. Voices of a wide spectrum of informants are included in the volume; from factory workers and subsistence farmers to fictional television characters and pop-folk music superstars.

Reviews

'…the volume presents valuable new insights and manages to make a forceful argument for a new research agenda: we need to take the social more seriously when explaining how Yugoslavia worked (and how it failed).'

Ulf Brunnbauer

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany

Southeastern Europe 42 (2018)

About the Editors

Rory Archer is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Graz where he works as a researcher at the Centre for Southeast European Studies. Igor Duda is Assistant Professor at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, where he teaches at the Department of Humanities and works as a researcher at the Centre for Cultural and Historical Research of Socialism. Paul Stubbs is a Senior Research Fellow at The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia.

About the Series

Southeast European Studies

Southeast European Studies

The Balkans are a region of Europe widely associated over the past decades with violence and war. Beyond this violence, the region has experienced rapid change in recent times though, including democratization, economic and social transformation. New scholarship is emerging which seeks to move away from the focus on violence alone to an understanding of the region in a broader context drawing on new empirical research.

The Southeast European Studies Series seeks to provide a forum for this new scholarship. Publishing cutting-edge, original research and contributing to a more profound understanding of Southeastern Europe while focusing on contemporary perspectives the series aims to explain the past and seeks to examine how it shapes the present. Focusing on original empirical research and innovative theoretical perspectives on the region the series includes original monographs and edited collections. It is interdisciplinary in scope, publishing high-level research in political science, history, anthropology, sociology, law and economics and accessible to readers interested in Southeast Europe and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL032000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Essays