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The Tobacco City: The Discourse on Industrial Heritage
The Tobacco City: The Discourse on Industrial Heritage

Author(s): Lina Gergova, Yana Gergova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Ethnohistory, Oral history, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: cultural heritage; identity; Plovdiv; industial cities

Summary/Abstract: Tobacco City is a case which has attracted significant public attention; at the same time, it is also an example, which combines various discourses. In order to identify what distinguishes this case of industrial heritage from others, this article examines three examples, which in their geographical and historical aspects are appropriate for comparative research regarding the issues at hand. They are commensurable in reference to their size and the significance of their location for cultural and industrial traditions, as well as in the relative date of their establishment and their geographical and economic representativeness. The research questions that the study attempts to answer are analytical as well as completely practical, reflecting real management and political decisions. From an anthropological point of view, there are two problems; first, the correlation among various aspects of the project such as the site’s pore functionalization; the goal of reviving the space; attracting investments and the public; and updating the site’s use and access; and, secondly, the narrative, which the very space presupposes as heritage and the extent to which it should be preserved.

  • Issue Year: VI/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 88-102
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English