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'Creating a Socialist Way of Life': Family and Reproduction Policies in Socialist Bulgaria (1944-1989)

Brunnbauer, Ulf ; Taylor, Karin


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 – ...


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