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The gender politics of equality in Yugoslavia was introduced as an integral part of the socialist modernization project: the creators of the new ideology claimed that economic changes would eventually improve womens social position. The legal emancipation of women was realized through employment, since economic independence was represented as a crucial factor in womens emancipation. In the first years after World War II, older women in Niko Polje still maintained their dress style with the mandatory scarf. As a result of the new body politics, post-World War II generations of women started to change their style of dress in great numbers. The female singers' stories also revealed that villagers viewed their stage performance as frivolous and shameful, making them targets for gossip and labeling them as shameless and immoral. The female singers narratives about performing carried an implicit dichotomy in their attitudes.

Keywords: female singers; new body politics; Niko Polje; World War II; Yugoslavia



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