Protest In Belgrade

Winter of Discontent
Editor: 
ISBN: 
978-963-9116-72-6
cloth
out of print
ISBN: 
978-963-9116-45-0
paperback
$24.95 / €21.00 / £18.00
Publication date: 
1999
244 pages, 3 Tables, 3 Figures; 13 photos

Protest in Belgrade addresses one of the most important social movements of this decade - the civil and student peace demonstrations which took place in Belgrade during the winter of 1996/97. The demonstrations, the largest ever in history, were in response to Milosevic's nullifying of the results of local elections in fourteen towns in Serbia which created global media attention and attracted worldwide sympathy.

This in-depth study on a society asking for democracy, is based on interviews with over 1000 civilians and students. The book analyses the empirical findings of the research and examines specific sociological aspects such as class/intellect composition, political/social values, reasons and objectives. A chronology of events is also included. The book deals with the various aspects of the civil and student protests and is unique because the research was carried out and completed while the demonstrations were still in progress and before the outcome of events was known.

The book provides an abundance of valuable information for analysts of post-communist transformation, researchers of social movements and social change and all those concerned with the tragic events in Southeast Europe.

List of Contributors

Introduction: The Emergence of a Democratic Order in Serbia (Mladen Lazić)

Part 1

Potential for an active society (Marija Babović)

General character of the protests and prospects for democratization in Serbia (Slobodan Cvejić)

Citizens in Protest (Vladimir Vuletić)

Social and political consciousness of protest participants (Vladimir Ilić)

The Walks in a gender perspective (Marina Blagojević)

Part 2

Value orientations and political attitudes of participants in the 1996-97 student protest (Bora Kuzmanović) 

Student protests: A comparative analysis of the 1912 and 1996-97 protests (Dragan Popadić)

A generation in protest (Andjelka Milić, Ljiljana Čičkarić, Mihajlo Jojić)

Part 3

Protest as an urban phenomenon (Sreten Vujović)

Appendix

Chronology of events (Milica Bogadanović, Ljiljana Milovanović, Miodrag Shrestha)

Sample Design (Slobodan Cvejić)

Questionnaire