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Ethnologia Balkanica

Issue no.06 /2002


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Impressum - Inhaltsverzeichnis    
The Ethnology of Transformation as Transformed Ethnology: The Serbian Case    
Imagining the Future in the Light of a Violent Past: Displaced Serbs in the United States Envision Global Political Futures    
The Use of Holidays for Propaganda Purposes: The “Serbian” Slava and/or the “Bulgarian” Săbor    
Les choix emblématiques en Croatie: Un domaine en effervescence    
Housing Relations After an Ethnic War: National and Social Dimensions of Home in the War-Torn Region of Knin/Croatia    
Orthodoxy, Nationalism, and Local Identities: a Romanian Case Study    
The Ethnicity of Aromanians after 1990: the Identity of a Minority that Behaves like a Majority    
Translated Title: The Ethnicity of Aromanians after 1990: the Identity of a Minority that Behaves like a Majority
Publication: Ethnologia Balkanica (06/2002)
Author Name: Kahl, Thede;
Language: English
Subject: Anthropology
Issue: 06/2002
Page Range: 145-169
No. of Pages: 25
File size: 251 KB
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Summary: Even if some publications have occasionally voiced opinion that may have been considered politically dangerous by some governments, today none of the Aromanian newspapers or organisations supports independence for Aromanians. The activities of most Aromanians living in Western Europe focus on the maintenance of the Aromanian language, culture and identity. In their countries of origin, however, their success has been rather limited. The most active members in Aromanian Internet discussion groups are diaspora Aromanians. Some Aromanian groups in southeast Europe and in the diaspora have begun to intensify Aromanian activities. Whether these groups of activists will succeed in consolidating a permanent national identity based on a “dzua natsiunalā” (national day), a “limba ahoryea” (coherent language) and minority status in several countries of Europe, or if they will be totally assimilated into other cultures, is to be seen. Aromanians will continue to have difficulties in finding a way between Greek, Romanian and other orientations. Most pro-Romanian Aromanian activists with their anti-Greek position exclude the most numerous and developed segment of Aromanians, while most of pro-Greek activists with their xenophobic attitude towards Romanian propaganda exclude all activities aimed at improving the status of the Aromanian language. Thus, even in the case of guaranteed minority rights, the promotion of language instruction and of cultural meetings, no lasting survival of Aromanian can be guaranteed. To reach this aim it would be necessary to improve the image of Aromanian, to decide on a uniform orthography accepted by Aromanians in all countries and, above all, to increase the ability for compromise and cooperation among all Aromanians in the Balkans. It is unclear, though, if the majority of the southeast European Aromanians would consider these as their goals.
Keywords: Ethnicity of Aromanians; Aromanian diaspora; Aromanians and Romania; Aromanians and Greece;
The Secret Past of the Greek-Albanian Borderlands. Cham Muslim Albanians: Perspectives on a Conflict over Historical Accountability and Current Rights    
Greece and its New Immigrants. Features and Consequences of the Recent Immigration to Greece    
Health as a Value in Romanian Folk Culture    
Modernising Bucharest between Western Architectural Influences and Local Policies in the Second Half of the 19th Century    
Urban Sites for Anthropological Research. Three Case Studies from Bucharest    
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