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Пътят на Балканите към Европа: българската гледна точка
The Balkans’ Way to Europe: The Bulgarian Perspective

Author(s): Magdalena Elchinova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Sociology, Social development, Social Theory, Sociology of Culture
Published by: Нов български университет
Keywords: Europe; Balkans; cultural identity; Bulgaria's association

Summary/Abstract: The article comments the concepts of Europe and the Balkans as culture images and identities, delineating their discursive, evaluative and complementary character. Their inherent dynamics - historical, structural and in terms of evaluation - are under discussion. The second part of the article presents the results from an inquiry, entitled „We and Europe“ and carried out in May 2001 among university undergraduate and graduate students in Bulgaria. The major questions this inquiry seeks to answer are about the way young educated Bulgarians imagine Europe and the Europeans, what is their self-perception as Europeans, what is the nature of their interest towards Europe. The conclusion drawn out is that in the context of intensive political and media discourses about Bulgaria's association to the European structures, peoples' attitudes towards Europe and European-ness have significantly shifted towards incorporation and overcoming exclusion and stigmatization.

  • Issue Year: III/2002
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 29-43
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian