The Last Yugoslav Generation: The Rethinking of Youth Politics and Cultures in Late Socialism

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Oxford University Press, Apr 25, 2017 - Political Science - 242 pages
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This promising addition to the growing literature on the history of late socialism charts the development of youth culture and politics in socialist Yugoslavia, focusing on the 1980s. Rather than examining the 1980s as a mere prelude to the violent collapse of the country in the 1990s, the book recovers the multiplicity of political visions and cultural developments that evolved at the time and that have been largely forgotten in subsequent discussion. The youth of this generation, the author convincingly argues, sought to rearticulate the Yugoslav socialist framework in order to reinvigorate it and 'democratise' it, rather than destroy it altogether.
 

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Contents

revisiting the 1980s through a generation lens
1
the youth sphere and its spaces of negotiation and dissent
37
youth culture and the rethinking of historical legacies
88
new youth activism
124
the arena of youth politics and the breakup of Yugoslavia
159
rethinking youth politics and culture in late socialist Yugoslavia
198
Select bibliography
205
Index
216
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Ljubica Spaskovska is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

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