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Wenona Giles

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230729

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230729.001.0001

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From Pillars of Yugoslavism to Targets of Violence

From Pillars of Yugoslavism to Targets of Violence

Interethnic Marriages in the Former Yugoslavia and Thereafter

(p.134) 6 From Pillars of Yugoslavism to Targets of Violence
Sites of Violence

Mirjana Morokvasic-Müller

University of California Press

This chapter investigates the gendered effects of “mixed” marriage on women and men and on their respective families in the post-Yugoslav states. Empirical evidence suggests that groups are usually more hostile to their women than their men marrying the “Other,” and they are more willing to admit other women than other men to the group. The rate of intermarriage in Yugoslavia from the late 1960s onwards was lower than what it theoretically could have been, given the ethnic diversity of the country. Women in mixed marriages are potential victims of violence by men of their own nationality, of their husband's, and also of others, who see them as wives of an enemy. Interethnic couples who have not left the country are threatened with the stigma of betrayal. They contribute to the integration of the dominant group by assimilating and ceasing to appear as “mixed”.

Keywords:   mixed marriages, interethnic couples, intermarriage, violence, Yugoslavia, ethnic diversity

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