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Етнологията и предизвикателствата на днешния ден
Ethnology and the Contemporary Challenges

Author(s): Krasimira Krastanova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: ethnology; cultural practices; policies
Summary/Abstract: Ethnology is situated in that research area with its problematic nodes and nuclei, where it interacts with the ethnic and social, political, economic, historical, technological and semiotic fields. The aim of the text is to seek the commitment of the ethnological societal needs and to indicate its place in the studies of Bulgarian society today in terms of the dynamics of cultural interactions and the pursuit of sustainable development of the community.The author looks at the beginnings of Ethnology, where this science has a role to play in the political projects for the development of the states in the 19th and 20th centuries. The cultural, historical, political context in the new millennium requires the Ethnology to build new tools for research and analysis of the contemporary societies, outlining the main axes of interest and discussing the contribution of Ethnology to contemporary cultural practices and policies - an important means of maintaining identity and improving the quality of life in modern times. Addressing these problems makes it possible to trace how the changing contexts and concepts of societies for their own future modifies the tools and approaches of science, as well as the role of the ethnologist in contemporary society.