Brunnbauer, Ulf and Taylor, Karin (2004) 'Creating a Socialist Way of Life': Family and Reproduction Policies in Socialist Bulgaria (1944-1989). Continuity and change: a journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies 19 (2), pp. 283-312.
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This article explores the policies of the Bulgarian socialist regime (1944–1989) towards the family. Initially, the Bulgarian Communist Party focussed on the abolition of the patriarchal family, the emancipation of women and the struggle against ‘bourgeois residues’ in family life. However, the dramatic decline of the birth rate – a result of rapid urbanization and increasing female employment – led to a re-direction of official discourse. Reproduction became heavily politicized, as the 1968 ban on abortion makes evident. Despite pro-natalist measures, the government was unable to stop the fertility decline. This article demonstrates how socialist family policy was gradually modified through negotiation between the Party and the population.
|Institutions:||Philosophy, Art, and Society > Institut für Geschichte > Geschichte Ost- und Südosteuropas - Prof. Dr. Ulf Brunnbauer|
|Subjects:||900 History & geography > 940 General history of Europe|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||26 Mar 2010 07:01|
|Last Modified:||26 Mar 2010 07:01|