“The Useless” Other: African Specialists Trained in Bulgaria in the 1960s-1990s Cover Image
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„Излишният“ друг: африканските специалисти, формирани в България през 1960–1990 г.
“The Useless” Other: African Specialists Trained in Bulgaria in the 1960s-1990s

Author(s): Svetla Koleva
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, Sociology of the arts, business, education, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Globalization
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: Other; otherness; institutionalized invisibility; rejection of the Other; difference

Summary/Abstract: Being present without traces before, living unnoticed today, the African specialists having finished their university studies in Bulgaria in the 1960s-1990s, raise the question of the relationship to the Other, of its importance in the construction of the social, of social recognition/non-recognition. What do the institutional vacuum and the administrative impasse in which African graduates from Bulgarian universities find themselves show? What does the contrast visibility–invisibility, presence–absence mean in Bulgarian society yesterday and today? Through the forms of institutionalized invisibility and daily rejection of Africans living in Bulgaria, the article problematizes the social invisibility of the Other as a social relationship that makes the Other useless, as a form of useless otherness.

  • Issue Year: 52/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 68-87
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian