Gendering Social Citizenship: Textile Workers in Post- Yugoslav States

Chiara Bonfiglioli

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

The paper analyses social citizenship in post-Yugoslav states from a gendered perspective. It explores the parallel transformations of citizenship regimes and gender regimes on the basis of the case study of the textile industry, a traditionally “feminised” industrial sector in which employment rates have significantly declined in the last twenty years. By comparing the cases of Leskovac (Serbia) and Štip (Macedonia), the paper shows that transformations in social citizenship had profound implications when it comes to gender regimes. The overall deterioration of labour and welfare rights in the region had major consequences on women’s position as workers and citizens, producing the demise of the “working mother” gender contract which existed during socialist times. The “retraditionalisation” of gender relations in the post-Yugoslav region, therefore, is not only a consequence of nationalist discourses, but is also a direct result of transformations in social citizenship which occurred during the post-socialist transition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameCITSEE Working Paper Series

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • social citizenship
  • gender
  • textile workers
  • post-socialist transition
  • globalisation


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