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Пътят на север и намирането на дом
The Road to the North and the Finding of Home

Author(s): Mila Maeva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, National Economy, Supranational / Global Economy, Civil Society, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), Political economy, Politics and society, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social psychology and group interaction, Social development, Social differentiation, Nationalism Studies, Sociology of Culture, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Present Times (2010 - today), Migration Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Sociology of Politics, Socio-Economic Research, Geopolitics, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: ethnography;miration;nationalism;Norway;home building;comfort zone;Bulgarians abroad

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the movements from Bulgaria to Norway and is based on anethnographic fieldwork. Using the methods of the oral history, the article analyzes the road to the north and the settlement in an almost unknown and cold country. Th epersonal stories of the Bulgarians present their visions of the road, their views onNorway and the founding of home as a personal experience in the context of the complexmigratory situation there. The specifics of the Bulgarian settlement in Norway predetermine the understanding of home and road. The successful and relatively fast realization, the high standard of life, the social model and the opportunity for quicklybringing together the separated families transform the migration to the north from amovement into a fixed way of life. For the Bulgarians, the new home in Norway has different aspects – it is the heart of the family, of calmness, cosiness and security. For the emigrants, the road to the north is both a road and a way back to the “native” andthe “Bulgarian” which could be seen in the founding of a “Bulgarian home” by different emigrant institutions and organizations. The new transnational and transcultural home of the Bulgarians in Norway becomes their comfort zone.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 84-100
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian