Majda Hrženjak, PhD


Neoliberalism sees economic growth and technological innovations as the only means of social progress. It overlooks that in last century important social innovations were inspired by civil society movements for equality like feminism, antiracism, fight for human rights, movements for the rights of gays and lesbians and people with disabilities.
– Majda Hrženjak on the progressiveness of equality

Majda Hrženjak, PhD, sociologist is acting as a researcher and a project leader at the Peace Institute – Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Slovenia. Her research topics are social politics with a focus on the concept of care in relation to intersectional inequalities, citizenship, migration and feminist ethic of care, and gender studies, including critical studies of men and masculinities. She is a member of many international research and activist projects in the area of youth, violence, labour market and politics of equality. Her bibliography includes monographs Symbolic: Selected Chapters from French Structuralism (2001; Making Her Up: Women’s Magazines in Slovenia (ed.) (2002); Invisible work (2007); Politics of Care (ed.) (2011); Changing Fatherhood: Men between Work and Parenthood (ed.) (2016); Dimensions of Care Work (2018) as well as many book chapters and scientific articles in national and international journals. In 2016, she was a guest co-editor of the thematic issue Paid Domestic Work in Postsocialist Contexts of the Russian Review of Social Research and in 2017 she was a guest editor of the thematic issue First Gender: Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities of the Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology.




  • Hrženjak, Majda, Jalušuč, Vlasta. Vrata niso baš odprta: (treba da jih gurneš pa da se otvaraju): perspektive v reševanju kompleksnih neenakosti. Ljubljana: Mirovni inštitut, 2011.
  • Hrženjak, Majda (ur.). Politics of care, (Book series Politike symposion). 1st ed. Ljubjana: Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, 2011.
  • Hrženjak, M. (2007) Nevidno delo. Ljubljana: Politike.
  • Hrženjak, M. (ur.) (2002) Njena (re)kreacija. Ljubljana: Mediawatch.
  • Hrženjak, M. (2002) Simbolno: izbrana poglavja iz francoskega strukturalizma. Ljubljana: Študentska založba.

Book chapters

  • Hrženjak, M., Pajnik, M. In the grips of work/family imbalance: local and migrant domestic workers in Slovenia. V: Kontos, M., Tibe Bonifacio, G. (eds.). Migrant domestic workers and family life : international perspectives, (Migration, minorities and citizenship). Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015, pp. 211-230.
  • Hrženjak, M. Slovenian domestic workers in Italy: a borderlands care chain over time. V: Hoerder, D., Nederveen Meerkerk, E., Neunsinger, S. (eds.). Towards a global history of domestic and caregiving workers, (Studies in global social history, Studies in global migration history). Leiden; Boston: Brill. 2015, 18/6: 120-136.
  • Humer, Ž., Hrženjak, M. When the state steps in: an experiment of subsidised hiring of domestic workers in Slovenia. V: Triandafyllidou, A., Marchetti, S. (eds.). Employers, agencies and immigration: paying for care, (Research in migration and ethnic relations series). Burlington: Ashgate. 2014, 69-185.

Original scientific articles

  • Hrženjak, M. Precarious situations of care workers in home-based elder care in Slovenia. New solutions: a journal of environmental and occupational health policy, 2018, 27/4: 483-500,  doi: 10.1177/1048291117740682.
  • Hrženjak, M. A qualitative study of labour market precarisation and involved fatherhood in Slovenia. Revija za sociologiju, 2017, 47/2: 207-232, doi: 10.5613/rzs.47.2.4.
  • Hrženjak, M. Ekonomska neenakost žensk z vidika spolnega pokojninskega razkorakaDelavci in delodajalci: revija za delovno pravo in pravo socialne varnosti, 2016, 16/4: 609-626.
  • Scambor, E., Hrženjak, M., Bergmann, N., Holter, Ø. G. Men’s share of care for children and professional care. Studia Humanistyczne, 2015, 14/2: 53-71, doi: 10.7494/human.2015.14.2.53-72.
  • Hrženjak, M. Negotiating masculinity in informal paid care work. Revue internationale de sociologie, 2013, 23/2: 346-362.
  • Hrženjak, M. Hierarchization and segmentation of informal care markets in Slovenia. Social politics, 2012, 19/1: 38-57.

Discussion paper

Guest editor

  • Prvi spol: Kritične študije moških in moškostiČasopis za kritiko znanosti, domišljijo in novo antropologijo. 2017, XLV/267. Ljubljana: Študentska organizacija Univerze v Ljubljani.
  • Paid Domestic Work in Postsocialist Context. Laboratorium : Russian review of social research. 2016/3, Saint Petersburg: Centre for Independent Social Research.

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