Neighbouring

Комшијски "ритуали"
Neighbouring "Rituals"

Author(s): Zorica Divac
Subject(s): Culture and social structure , Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Summary/Abstract: Neighbourhood is a certain relational type which arised from the proximity of the dwelling, from the everyday encountering and from the common space using requirements. This is a kind of a complex institution in the contemporary Serbian urban culture which couldn’t be described as neither the kinship, nor the friendship, but as something in between those two categories. The negihbouring relations take part in mutual visitings, everyday favours and in the exchange of information. Their realisation follows the basic rules minimum, so it is a matter of an institutionalized relationship with inherent functions, contents and rituals. The neighbouring rituals, although not of the life cycle kind, are in constant perpetuation in the whole life of an individual, just like the patterns of behavoir established and shaped by the tradition. The neighbouring rituals follow the evereday rhythm of occuring, but their occuring is the most intense during the family crisis situations or during the social ones. The strenghtening and the developing of the neighbouring relations are affected by hardness of life circumstances, by incredible social experiences – from scarcity to bombing.

  • Page Range: 227-234
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2002
  • Language: Serbian