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The Applied Ethnology Approach While Working with Children

Author(s): Anelia Avdzhieva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Education, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, School education
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: ethnology; children/high-school students; boundary; dialog with the Other
Summary/Abstract: Marc Augé (1994) emphasizes on the expertise of the ethnologist for solving specific political problems, for evaluation and implementation of various social and cultural projects, for planning activities in the third sector, as well as, for cultural mediation between the different social and cultural communities. Roger Bastide (1973), on his side, denotes the role of the ethnologist not simply as a mediator or a researcher, but as a part of the community that seeks to build its future life. This outlines the image of the ethnologist as an active researcher – a theoretician, who is still a practitioner. Therefore, Ethnology is a resource for developing society. The practical approach could be depicted in diverse aspects and activities on many levels – socially as well as politically, economically, religiously, culturally, etc. The ethnological knowledge could be applied not only while working with vulnerable groups or when facing a challenging situation, but also in a wide range of projects. The project of the National High School for Humanitarian Sciences and Arts “Konstantin Preslavski” – Varna and the involvement of Ethnology M.A. and B.A. students therein exemplifies how an ethnologist can work with children/high-school students. An activity focused on ensuring better understanding of Otherness, transparency between cultural boundaries, acquiring skills and knowledge to develop a dialog with the Other, ability to co-work with this Other person, engaging with the problems of the cultural diversification of faces, preserving and safeguarding the heritage and practices of the Others as much as our own ones.