"We used to enjoy free afternoons - to take something like that away from workers ..." Cover Image

"Smo mel cel popoldan fraj - da ti to kot delavcu vzamejo ..."
"We used to enjoy free afternoons - to take something like that away from workers ..."

memory of women’s leisure time and work in the period of the socialist Slovenia

Author(s): Polona Sitar
Subject(s): Marxist economics, Oral history, Gender history, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Inštitut za novejšo zgodovino
Keywords: SFR Yugoslavia;SFRY;Socialist Republic of Slovenia; SR of Slovenia;oral history;women history;women;leisure time;work / job; work;unpaid domestic work; housekeeping;socialism;Slovenia;1945-1990;

Summary/Abstract: In her contribution the author focuses on understanding the interconnection of work and leisure time in the period of the socialist Slovenia/Yugoslavia (1945-1991). She is interested in the meaning that women ascribed to their leisure time (understood as a reward for the workers during socialism) in comparison with gainful employment. She also pays special attention to the issue of how women experienced their leisure time in comparison with unpaid housekeeping and through the perspective of the so-called »double burden« in socialism, and how they experience it today, in the context of the capitalist market economy. The contribution is based on the fieldwork analysis, focused on the interviews with retired women, revealing their everyday life on the micro level. The goal of the »oral history« approach, used in the contribution, is not to reconstruct the socialist past and record it chronologically, but to present the perspective based on the women’s experience and their everyday practices, contributing an additional perspective to the existing official political and economic history descriptions.

  • Issue Year: 55/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 85-100
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Slovenian