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Идентификационни стратегии на българите в Украйна
Strategies of Identification of the Bulgarians in Ukraine

Author(s): Svetlana Koch
Subject(s): Politics, Anthropology, Customs / Folklore, Human Geography, Regional Geography, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social development, Family and social welfare, Policy, planning, forecast and speculation, Nationalism Studies, Political Ecology, Sociology of Culture, Period(s) of Nation Building, History of Communism, Between Berlin Congress and WW I, Cold-War History, Post-Communist Transformation, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Politics, Source Material, Socio-Economic Research, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: identification;invention of tradition;memories;Bulgarians in diaspora;Ukraine;

Summary/Abstract: The article analyses the process of choosing different strategies of identification bythe Bulgarians in Ukraine. The present state of the “identification processes” againstthe background of the “war of memory” and the “invented traditions” places themamong the priority problems of science and politics.The subject of analysis are the specifics of the formation of collective memorywhich are at the root of the choice of identification strategy: commemorative practices,mechanisms for memorialization of the past, the correlation between the localgroup history and the national strategies of Bulgaria and Ukraine. The conclusionis that the choice of identification behaviour is influenced by the efficiency of thesocial adaptation under the specific historical circumstances. The social resources atdisposal of the group in any particular moment influence the choice of vectors of thecollective memory and predetermine the formation of defensive practices aiming topreserve the group.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 520-537
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian