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Rethinking Gender, Unemployment and underemployment. Ethnographies of Croatia’s socialist and modern-day economies

This opening episode of the module on feminist political economy and social reproduction is based on qualitative ethnographic research of an illustrative example, namely the Croatian economic system in the transition time of the early 1990s. How, if at all, and at whose expense, one is expected to balance everyday life „ while coping with changes in the diminished and restructured formal labor market, and the crises…“? „In what way have long-term formal unemployed women, dominant caregivers, and their activities in the informal sector, affected their lives, and lives of other family members, many of them also unemployed in the 1990s“?

The episode is read by the author, Tihana Rubić.


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