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Градове, маскаради, идентичности (По примери от Унгария)
Cities, Masquerade Games, Identities (Based on Examples from Hungary)

Author(s): Veneta Yankova
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Music, Visual Arts, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Oral history, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Social development, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Philology, Sociology of Art, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: masquerade; urban identity; festive life

Summary/Abstract: The text analyzes specific examples from the festive life of the Hungarian cities of Mohács and Debrecen and in particular different manifestations of the contemporary masquerade game. The author pays attention to the construction of urban identity (part A) and searches for basic characteristics of the urban cultural space as a place of national memory (part B). The field research method is applied for the purposes of the present study. In conclusion it is noted that it is especially important for the participants to identify with a particular masquerade community that builds additional social networks outside of the carnival chronotope. The consistency with the culture and traditions of the city is also significant as far as these are manifestations of urban identity. The national identity finds expression in symbols and signs of the national manifested under conditions of deterritorialization. Through the self-perception of the people in the city (as people tied to it and belonging to it) and through their identification with it, the urban social space acquires its anthropological dimensions contributing to its unique spirit and particularity (genius loci).

  • Issue Year: XLV/2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 185-209
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian