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Системата, демокрацията, държавата – три свързани понятия в изразяване на недоволството
The System, the Democracy, the State: Three Related Notions in Expressing Discontent

Author(s): Valentina Gueorgieva
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Civil Society, Oral history, Political behavior, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: anthropologic study;protest model of political participation;Bulgaria;

Summary/Abstract: The text is based on an anthropological research of the protest movements in Bulgaria in the period 2009-2013 and suggests an analysis of in-depth interviews with activists and participants in these movements. The data is interpreted in the light of the anthro¬pology of democracy which studies the understandings of democracy of the ordinary people and the various forms of participation in the democratic process, as well as the possibilities of expanding the democracy from below. By using the three notions in the title the respondents describe their discontent and draw the contour of the desired change. The analysis shows that even when they talk about the same thing (e.g. de¬mocracy), the protestants do not agree with each other. The many-voiced expression of discontent supports the hypothesis that the protest movements form heterogeneous multitudes but fail to settle their differences and to work out a common vision about “democratism“.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 84-103
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian