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От българи към европейци: бележки върху интеркултурализма, локализма и идентичността
From Bulgarian to European: The Role of Interculturalism in the Identity Construction of Migrant Communities

Author(s): Alberto Alonso-Ponga García, María Jesús Pena Castro
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Economy, Geography, Regional studies, Regional Geography, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: migration; community development; identity; interculturalism; Bulgarian communities

Summary/Abstract: This paper will analyse the identity construction processes of the migrants’ communities in the context of the European Union. Based on the fieldwork developed with the Bulgarian community settled in Castile and Leon (Spain), this article will explore the strategies of identity management in order to succeed in the integration process. First of all, we will take into account the local strategies of community development consisted on the promotion of associations. Secondly, we will analyse the way the local population reassume the global discourses of Interculturalism promoted by the European Union. Thirdly, we will consider how far these facts affect the migrants’ communities. Bulgarian community developed a wise identity management strategy that enables them to be integrated in the local society without losing their own traditions.

  • Issue Year: XLII/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 52-63
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian