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Elements of Ethnic Identification of the Serbs
Elements of Ethnic Identification of the Serbs

Author(s): Danijela Gavrilović
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Универзитет у Нишу
Keywords: ethnic identity; national identity; defining ethnic borders; ethnic characteristics; mythic homeland;

Summary/Abstract: The issues of ethnic identity of the Serbs, the time of its forming, its borders, present emotional legitimacy, have been, especially recently, very well researched problems. Numerous answers have been offered from different scientific and other standpoints; however, these issues are still highly challenging and open for consideration. This study deals with the question of the origin of ethnic identity of the Serbian people, its maintenance in the long period of slavery (referring to the slavery under the Turks), as well as the alternation of some attributes of the identification. Even though many "traditions" are of relatively new origin, this study asserts that ethnical identification of the Serbs from its beginning (prior to the enslavement by the Turks) to the present day has survived in its essential form, in spite of great changes which it underwent in the time of slavery and as such it is the basis of the Serbian national identification.

  • Issue Year: 2003
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 717-730
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English