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Ролята на микрообщността при преодоляване на кризи
The Role of the Micro-Community in Overcoming Crises

Author(s): Julia Popcheva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Migration Studies, Social Norms / Social Control, Globalization, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: COVID-19; social isolation; micro-community

Summary/Abstract: In the spring of 2020, societies have faced the pandemic of COVID-19. A social isolation for months has been part of the restrictions needed to get along with the situation. Contacts have been transferred almost entirely to the Internet, isolating people from their common social environment. The article explores the role of microcommunities in overcoming the negative consequences of this confinement in the narrow home space for Bulgarian migrants in France and Spain, from emotional and psychological perspective. Models of maintaining the sense of belonging and the influence of the group upon personal mental health are sought. The study has been conducted in Bordeaux, France and online, during the period March - June 2020. It reveals how small groups and communities become sustainable environments for dealing not only with everyday problems, but also with the consequences of physical and sociocultural loneliness during crisis.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 605-623
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian