Feminist Movements’ Acts of Citizenship: Experiences from Post-Socialist Slovenia

  • Mojca Pajnik
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


The Slovenian chapter by Mojca Pajnik perceives social movements, not just as individual actions of protest but also as an opportunity to create new ways of thinking and being in the world. It discusses feminist movements’ “acts of citizenship”, that is, alternatives to patriarchy, neoliberalism, and racism by way of analyzing articulations and operations of movements in the context of post-socialist Slovenia. Based on focus group discussions with various protagonists of feminist movements and on participant observation at events, the chapter discusses the pertinent issues for these movements, their ideas, as well as concrete actions and strategies of resistance. By way of contrasting and connecting contemporary and “older” civil society feminist actors, the chapter offers insights into their perceptions of democracy, meanings of anti-racial struggle, and tactics of civil disobedience as well as their operational strategies, that is, how they are connected and what tactics they use in struggle.


Feminist movements Acts of citizenship Slovenia Gender equality Democracy Racism 


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  • Mojca Pajnik
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of Ljubljana, and the Peace InstituteLjubljanaSlovenia

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