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The “Play” as an Expression of Socio-cultural Behavioural Patterns and as a Research Tool for Fieldwork

The Case of the Village of Asparuhovo

Author(s): Svetoslava Mancheva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: fieldwork play; social and cultural dialogue
Summary/Abstract: According to Huizinga (Hyoyzinha 2000) "play" is an integral part of the social and cultural processes in which a person is involved. He claims that the socio-cultural reality is created in and through the manifestations of play elements. The comprehensive review of a person's everyday practices helps to understand the reality and the processes therein. The play elements can be observed in the work of the ethnologist and his/her social roles in the fieldwork. The researcher adopts different roles according to the specifics of the reality "there" and "then" and this allows him/her to "play" in his/her research. In the present work, I focus on the manifestations of "play" as an important element of the social and cultural dialogue between groups of people, including the ethnologist as an actor in different situations. The aim is to show a possible view of the results from the fieldwork and the researcher's approach and methods using "play" as an instrument.

  • Page Range: 291-299
  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: Bulgarian