GHODSEE, Kristen and Kateřina LIŠKOVÁ. Bumbling Idiots or Evil Masterminds? Challenging Cold War Stereotypes about Women, Sexuality and State Socialism. PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY-FILOZOFIJA I DRUSTVO, Beograd: Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Beograd University, 2016, vol. 27, No 3, p. 489-503. ISSN 0353-5738. doi:10.2298/FID1603489G.
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Original name Bumbling Idiots or Evil Masterminds? Challenging Cold War Stereotypes about Women, Sexuality and State Socialism
Authors GHODSEE, Kristen (840 United States of America) and Kateřina LIŠKOVÁ (203 Czech Republic, guarantor, belonging to the institution).
Edition PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY-FILOZOFIJA I DRUSTVO, Beograd, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Beograd University, 2016, 0353-5738.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 50403 Social topics
Country of publisher Serbia
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
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Organization unit Faculty of Social Studies
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.2298/FID1603489G
UT WoS 000408372100001
Keywords in English Cold War; common knowledge; state socialism; anti-communism; women; family; gender; sexuality; Eastern Europe; communism
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Michal Petr, učo 65024. Changed: 1/11/2019 13:59.
Abstract
In academic writing, facts about the past generally require the citation of relevant sources unless the fact or idea is considered “common knowledge:” bits of information or dates upon which there is a wide scholarly consensus. This brief article reflects on the use of “common knowledge” claims in contemporary scholarship about women, families, and sexuality as experienced during 20th century, East European, state socialist regimes. We focus on several key stereo- types about the communist state and the situation of women that are often asserted in the scholarly literature, and argue that many of these ideas uncannily resemble American anti-communist propaganda. When contemporary scholars make claims about communist intrusions into the private sphere to effect social engineering or the inefficacy of state socialist mass organizations or communist efforts to break up the family or indoctrinate the young, they often do so without citation to previous sources or empirical evidence supporting their claims, thereby suggesting that such claims are “common knowledge.” We believe that those wishing to assert such claims should link these assertions to concrete originating sources, lest it turn out the “common knowledge” derives, in fact, from western Cold War rhetoric.
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GJ16-10639Y, research and development projectName: Intimní život v období státního socialismu v komparativní perspektivě. Sexualita, expertíza a moc ve střední a východní Evropě (1948-1989)
Investor: Czech Science Foundation, Junior projects
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