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Agonistic Mourning: Political Dissidence and the Women in Black

Athena Athanasiou


Drawing on a wide range of contemporary social and political thought, the book engages with a feminist dissident movement: namely, former Yugoslavia’s “Women in Black” (Žene u Crnom orŽuC) and its practices of performative mourning for the abjected other. This agonistic mourning involves standing still in public, wearing black, and holding vigils to acknowledge the victims of the “other side.” In performatively occupying the position of the internal enemy, these political actors respond to those estranged as external enemies. By re-positioning their political bodies at the centre of the polis ... More

Keywords: agonism, biopolitics, dissidence, feminism, mourning, nationalism, performativity, sovereignty, stasis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420143
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Athena Athanasiou, author
Professor of Social Anthropology and Gender Theory, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences