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A Dulled Mind in an Active Body: Growing Up as a Girl in Normalization Czechoslovakia

  • Libora Oates-Indruchová
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Abstract

The autoethnographic account in this chapter is based on several personal “mundane epiphanies.” They are used to unpick the cultural and historical context of forming intellectual consciousness and gender identities of children and young people by state-socialist educational institutions and educators. The epiphanies fall roughly into two groups: those about intellectual stimulation and those about physical and sporting activities. The central theme is the ambiguity of state-socialist education: restrictive and conservative, while at the same time strangely liberal and progressive, confirming and challenging stereotypes, encouraging individual development in some areas, streamlining into dull uniformity in others.

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  • Libora Oates-Indruchová
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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