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Концепција и оквири монографских проучавања Aриљског краја
Concept and Framework of Arilje District Monograph

Author(s): Desanka Nikolić
Subject(s): Customs / Folklore, Geography, Regional studies, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Keywords: Arilje region; monographic ethnological research; traditional culture; changes in culture; theory multi-line evolution;
Summary/Abstract: The paper reflects an effort to pursue a monographic type of research of the uninvestigated regions of Serbia, and to update such research in terms of methodology (interdisciplinary approach). In this context our point of departure was a theoretic assumption of multilinear evolution through developmental stages in the change of culture under universal civilizational conditions, in which process the specific qualities of a contemplated culture also find their expression. The paper is based on ethnographic and other sources (historic, demographic, folkloristic) from the region of Arilje in western Serbia in the 1980s. It contains an analysis of empirical materials on aculturation processes in the investigated region, observed in stages of socio-cultural integration, on three levels: the level of rural community (traditional culture model), the level of the development of Serbia , from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th cc (trades and commerce, exchange of goods, development of state institutions, etc.), and the level of contemporary transformation processes in the rural culture (industrialization, urbanization) of the second half of the 20th century. The closing part of the text highlights the problem of ethno-cultural identity preservation with the Arilje district inhabitants w ho seek shelter in a relatively moderate pace of social and demographic change, in the fairly tight bonds of kinship, in the expression of their inherited mentality features, and in the continuous presence of folk prose literature.

  • Page Range: 269-274
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Serbian