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The Identification Strategies of the Bulgarians in Ukraine
The Identification Strategies of the Bulgarians in Ukraine

Author(s): Svetlana Koch
Subject(s): Anthropology, Customs / Folklore, Political Sciences, Civil Society, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Social history, Modern Age, Recent History (1900 till today), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Nationalism Studies, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Globalization, Geopolitics, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: identification; politics; Ukraine; Bulgarians abroad

Summary/Abstract: This article analyses the process of choosing different strategies of identification by Bulgarians in Ukraine. The present state of ‘identification processes’ against the background of ‘war of memory’ and ‘invented traditions’ places them among the priority problems of science and politics. The subject of analysis is the specifics of the formation of collective memory, which is at the root of the choice of identification strategy: commemorative practices, mechanisms for the memorialization of the past, the correlation between the local history of the group and the national strategies of Bulgaria and Ukraine. The conclusion is that the choice of identification behaviour is influenced by the efficiency of social adaptation under specific historical circumstances. The social resources at the disposal of the group in any particular moment influence the choice of vectors of collective memory and predetermine the formation of defensive practices aimed at preserving the group.

  • Issue Year: VI/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 34-49
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English