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Dimensions of Kinship in the Everyday Culture of a Western Bulgarian Mountain Village (Govedarci, Samokov Region)
Dimensions of Kinship in the Everyday Culture of a Western Bulgarian Mountain Village (Govedarci, Samokov Region)

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

Summary/Abstract: This article outlines the dimensions of kinship in the everyday culture of a Western Bulgarian mountainous village. This implies a discussion of kinship at various levels – the conceptions of kinship, the realm of meanings of the kin, and the social relations that they constitute. The goal has been to come to the system of rules outlining the perimeter of kinship structures and their role in the everyday culture of the contemporary Bulgarian village. Special attention has been paid to the way (culture) of living: the settlement and the house are investigated as a spatial expression of the family and kinship forms, as well as a field of realisation of the family-kinship relations, the object of inheritance, sharing, etc. Since an understanding of the present-day processes is impossible without their discussion against their historical background, the historical perspective has been fundamental for the ethnological investigation of kinship and kinship structures…

  • Issue Year: II/2001
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 48-63
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English