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Дете и родител едновременно. Роли на детето в семейството
A Child and an Adult at the Same Time. Social Roles of Child in Family

Author(s): Svetoslava Mancheva
Subject(s): Social history
Keywords: anthropology, childhood, Roma, family

Summary/Abstract: Nowadays child in the family acquires different roles that depend on and are negotiated between the family as an institution and the norms set by the state institutions. In some communities the concept of childhood does not comply with the generally accepted by the state idea. For example among the Roma people in Bulgaria, the interaction between family and state institutions has great influence on the child. This text aims at presenting a case in which the child performs different roles in the family as a strategy "inside" and "outside" the community. The child (under the law) and parent at the same time is influenced by the family relationships, but also by the communication with "the others" who do not belong to the community. The case study from my field work carried out in Plovdiv and the region is used as a basis of discussion of the question when a person is a child and when an adult.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 320-331
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian