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Етнографско изучаване на работническата класа
Ethnographic Study of the Working Class

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

Summary/Abstract: The dynamic cultural-existence processes, taking place among the working class determine the importance and aims of this study. The problem of the existence and culture of the workers has acquired special topicality and significance, because of the fact that it is a model which village life and culture are rapidly reaching, and also because it is becoming a definition of the socialist society. The aim of the present article is to contribute to elucidating the question of studying the present-day way of life and culture of the working class, chiefly paying attention to certain aspects which are of importance for practical application. The many aspects and scope of this problem made it imperative to ask certain questions which affect chiefly the methods of the research and the processes of strengthening working-class traditions. With a view to the future of social research in this sphere, which should have a scientific sense and practical importance, the complex historical approach in studying them is the most suitable. This makes it possible to discover processes which shape the features of working-class culture and way of life, and to bring to the fore the factors which actually support certain stable and well-marked trends in their development. Thus, by means of this approach in research, the processes of the appearance and formation of the workers' traditions and the mechanism of passing them on from generation to generation can be traced. In this connection the article studies questions of the continuity of the workers' profession and adapting the individual workers' replacement of working class circles by mastering its revolutionary, labour, professional, cultural and existential traditions.

  • Issue Year: 1983
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 3-13
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian