DE-TRADITIONALIZATION, GENDER AND NEW FORMS OF IDEOLOGY IN FORMER YUGOSLAVIA: A CASE STUDY FROM NORTHERN CROATIA

Śtefica Fiolić

Abstract


Contrary to the widely held notion that in the context of reactionary, ethno-nationalist ideology sińce the 1980s patriarchal gender relations were either revitalized from old traditions or merely iiwented, this presentation suggests a change of perspective. Based on Detlev Claussen’s concept of Alltagsreligion (everyday religion), which as modern ideology does not lay a claim to truth but rather offers a set of flexible and fragmented cer-tainties and prejudices, this paper discusses how ethnic notions of gender allow women and men to deal with individual and collective crises albeit in an ideological - yet specifically modern - manner. The theoretical discussion will be linked to ethnographic observations madę during field work in northern Croatia in 2008 and to biographical-narrative interviews. From the insights gained, the paper will also examine how everyday religious interpretations have become part of contemporary scientific opinion.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7494/human.2012.11.2.121

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