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Ромите между Сцила на различността и Харибда на етностереотипите
The Roma Between the Scylla of Being Different and the Charybdis of Ethnic Stereotypes

Author(s): Vesselin Bosakov
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: ethnos; religion; poverty; social exclusion; stigmatization.

Summary/Abstract: There exists in Bulgaria a new kind of poverty that is not simply an element of the individual’s life cycle but is rather a kind of social-economic dependence that has a very strong impact particularly on the Roma, a numerous ethnic minority. A large proportion of these people are excluded from the labour market for long periods of time and gradually drop out of all social spheres, including the economy, education, healthcare services, the cultural and political life of Bulgarian society. Poverty is inherited among the Roma, and ethnic segregation cuts short their possibility for realization and gradual integration within the social structures. Due to the prolonged and all-encompassing social exclusion of this minority and the rigid borderlines established around it by the ethnic majority, it is not the specific cultural content within the ethnic boundary but the boundary itself that separates, consolidates and preserves this community.

  • Issue Year: XXIV/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 117-132
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian