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Public vs. Family Fireplace? Women in Voluntary Associations in Slovakia in 19th Century

Verejnosť verzus rodinný krb? Ženy v spolkoch na Slovensku v 19. storočí


Elena Mannová, 

ISSN: 1335-3608


The concept of Bürgertum in 19th century brought the definition of the woman as an exclusively family being and therefore the separation of masculine and feminine, public and private spheres of the social life. The strict severance of the gender–differentiated areas of life was reflected in the practice of the associations only partially. A growing number of women’s associations in the area of religion, charity and nationalism appeared. The public activity of women was expanding, but in its substance remained in the limits of the family and maternity issues. Despite the mobilization of women within their national movements, the ideological distinction between the public and private spaces was even increasing – the woman has its place assigned solely in the family, yet being now "extended” to the nation. In the area of Slovakia, where there was active ca. 60 women’s organizations towards end of 1870s, the associations remained a domain of the men; the women made only their compliment. The gender-specific spheres of privacy and public were here overlapping, but the social hierarchy further sustained.

Bibliografické informácie (sk)

MANNOVÁ, Elena. Verejnosť verzus rodinný krb?  Ženy v spolkoch na Slovensku v 19. storočí. Človek a spoločnosť, 2006, roč. 9, č. 4.

Bibliographic information

MANNOVÁ, Elena. Public vs. Family Fireplace? Women in Voluntary Associations in Slovakia in 19th Century. Individual and Society, 2006, Vol. 9, No. 4.

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