Inter-Ethnic Violence and Gendered Constructions of Ethnicity in Former-Yugoslavia


Sofos, Spyros. 2010. “Inter-Ethnic Violence and Gendered Constructions of Ethnicity in Former-Yugoslavia.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 2 (1): 73–92.

Author: Spyros Sofos


This article constitutes an attempt to put forward some suggestions towards constructing a framework of understanding the processes of social construction of sexuality and gender identity within the context of the ethnic conflict, and of nationalist/populist politics in former Yugoslavia. In particular, it focuses on the ways in which masculinist discourse is articulated to the politics of ethnicity in former Yugoslavia, by examining the definition and treatment of women as `biological reproducers of the nation’ through the discourses and policy proposals of moral majority nationalist and pro-life movements in Croatia and Slovenia, and of the nationalist movement and regime in Serbia, and the use of rape and sexual assault against women as `weapons’ in the ethnic conflict in Bosnia and other republics of former Yugoslavia.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Ethnic/Communal Wars, Ethnicity, Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Sexual Violence, Sexuality Regions: Europe, Balkans Countries: Yugoslavia (former)

Year: 2010

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