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„Малцинството" в глобализиращ се свят
'Minority' in a Globalizing World

Author(s): Maya Grekova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: Why is it that the opening of different and differently perceived borders, which is so typical of the contemporary world, happens to combine at the individual level with a process of closing, of focusing on separate identities, of the formation of an "Us" that necessarily excludes "the Others" as strange and hostile? Why has ethnic identification (essentially a pre-modern form of binding into a group) proved to be significantly definitive in interactions at the individual level at the end of the 20th century, a time when "globalization" apparently designates an essentially new process of formation of relations in the modern world, but when modern "national identity" seems to be falling apart under pressure from ethnic minorities demanding recognition? How are the constructs "ethnic relations" and "ethnic minorities" formed, and how do they come to life in everyday thinking? The search for an answer to the latter question is confined in the article to an analysis of the meaning of the political "production" of ethnic minorities (from the post-World War I treaties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities) and to an outline of the everyday dimensions of the politically produced problem of "minority".

  • Issue Year: 33/2001
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 79-91
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Bulgarian