Ethnology of the Mountain Cover Image
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Ethnology of the Mountain

About the Rhodope Mountain as a Research Field

Author(s): Irena Bokova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: mountain; fieldwork; local communities
Summary/Abstract: The paper presents some basic problems on the research of the mountain as a specific natural and living environment for the students’ summer fieldworks and following projects. There are three interconnected problems in the fieldwork: the connection of the local community with the local space, the building of this connection during the time, the changes in the way of life of the local communities during the last two decades – mobility dynamics, the building of heritages and new images of the mountain, connected with the road/s, traveling and crossing the borders. The analysis is based on observations, field notes, academic papers and anthropological movies from the author’s individual or teamwork research during a long period of time. The local communities, local and regional authorities, experts and professionals helped a lot for the different aspects of the research.