The last Yugoslav generation

The rethinking of youth politics and cultures in late socialism

By Ljubica Spaskovska

The last Yugoslav generation


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0631-5
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: April 2017
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Sociology, Political ideologies, Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies, Social groups, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / General, HISTORY / Social History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Social Groups, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies


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.


Ljubica Spaskovska is Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter


Introduction:Revisiting the 1980s through a generation lens
1. 'Pockets of freedom' - the youth sphere and its spaces of negotiation and dissent
2. Comrades, I don't believe you! - youth culture and the rethinking of historical legacies
3. The 'phantom of liberty' - new youth activism
4. The eighty-eighters - the arena of youth politics and the break-up of Yugoslavia
Conclusion: Rethinking youth politics and cultures in late socialist Yugoslavia
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