Imaš kuću – vrati stan. Housing inequalities, socialist morality and discontent in 1980s Yugoslavia, 119-139. Cover Image

Imaš kuću – vrati stan. Stambene nejednakosti, socijalisticki moral i nezadovoljstvo u Jugoslaviji osamdesetih, 119-139.
Imaš kuću – vrati stan. Housing inequalities, socialist morality and discontent in 1980s Yugoslavia, 119-139.

Author(s): Rory Archer
Subject(s): History
Published by: Udruženje za društvenu istoriju
Keywords: imaš kuću – vrati stan; housing; Prizren; 1980s; Yugoslavia; social inequalities; social privileges

Summary/Abstract: The widespread abuse of socially owned apartments and a perennial housing shortage in Yugoslavia prompted the campaign “You have a house, return the flat” in 1982. This article traces the development (and the ultimately lacklustre results) from its beginnings in Prizren, Kosovo, to its Yugoslav-wide adoption. Throughout the campaign trade unions and sympathisers were unable to systematically rein in the abuse of privilege on the part of elites and ordinary citizens alike and the campaign was frequently ridiculed as an empty party slogan. The anti-elite sentiment evident in discussions of housing abuse would however find expression just a few years later during the 1988-1989 Anti-bureaucratic revolution.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 119-139
  • Page Count: 21