Natives and Settlers – Specificity of Preserving and Representing Kin Memory (on Materials from Villages of the Kyustendil Region) Cover Image
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„Староседелци” и заселници – специфика на съхраняването и изразяването на родовата памет (По материали от селата в Кюстендилско)
Natives and Settlers – Specificity of Preserving and Representing Kin Memory (on Materials from Villages of the Kyustendil Region)

Author(s): Nikolay Vukov
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The preservation of kin memory and the ways of expressing kinship identity have been influenced in the recent decades by various changes in the family structure and the appearance of new emphases in the family and communal organization. As a characteristic phenomenon that developed over the entire 20th century, the narrowing of the kin circle and the changes in the kinship relationships network has had enormous impact on the functioning of individual and group memory. Despite these remigrations of memory, the division between old and new settlers in local communities has not lost its actuality. The goal of the current paper is to trace the logic of appearance of this division in the context of the changes in memory organization and functioning over the last decades. The research is based on narratives of settling and kinship relationships in the villages of Kyustendil region, collected by the author in 1997. What appeared in these narratives was that the notion of a “settler” referred not that much to a real long-term presence of the kin in the village, but rather outlined an impulse of self-identification according to previous principles of authority and prestige that are still functioning in the village setting.

  • Issue Year: XXXI/2005
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 40-46
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian