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Trauma, Violence, and Lesbian Agency in Croatia and Serbia

Building Better Times

Authors: Bilić, Bojan

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  • Uncovers in a systematic, empirical, and interdisciplinary fashion the up to now largely neglected history of lesbian activist organising before and after the dissolution of Yugoslavia
  • Puts lesbian activist engagement in the context of profound social changes witnessed by the Yugoslav region over the last three decades with a focus on Serbia and Croatia
  • Challenges methodological nationalism through a distinctly transnational approach
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About this book

This book uncovers some of the major moments in the fragile and still poorly known herstory of feminist lesbian engagement in Serbia and Croatia. By treating the trauma of war, homophobia, and neoliberal capitalism as a verbally impenetrable experience that longs to be narrated, this monograph explores the ways in which feminist lesbian language has repeatedly emerged in the context of strong patriarchal silencing that has surrounded the armed conflicts of the Yugoslav succession. With an abundance of empirical material, Bilić illuminates a range of courageous but sometimes contested and controversial activist responses to the challenges posed by the violent intersection of misogyny, lesbophobia, poverty, and nationalism. The book renders visible a surprising diversity of activist initiatives and the resilience of transnational affective ties, which testify to the creativity of lesbian activist mobilisations in the ambivalent semi-peripheral space that used to be Yugoslavia.
Trauma, Violence, and Lesbian Agency in Croatia and Serbia will be of interest to scholars and students researching the history and politics of Eastern Europe, as well as to those working in the fields of political sociology, lesbian and gay studies, gender studies, and queer theory and activism.

About the authors

Bojan Bilić is FCT Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Adjunct Professor of Gender and Social Movements in South East Europe at the School of Political Sciences, University of Bologna (Forlì Campus), Italy.

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“The position of the author of this book is intellectually unique: he learned to love from women, from lesbians and feminists, and he is writing about us and our struggles with a voice that comes from an exceptionally personal and subjective dis/stance. Not all of us will agree with him, but ‘our’ important work has most likely never before been touched upon with such respect and serenity. Having international audience in mind, I wish Bojan’s book could help us, feminist lesbians and queer feminists, to look into our activist political selves deeper, again and again.” — Maja Pan, Researcher and Activist, Slovenia    

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22960-3
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trauma, Violence, and Lesbian Agency in Croatia and Serbia
Book Subtitle
Building Better Times
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22960-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22960-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22959-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 204
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