Identity Construction in the Turkish and Tatar Communities in Dobrogea Cover Image

Construcţia identitară la comunităţile turcă şi tătară din Dobrogea
Identity Construction in the Turkish and Tatar Communities in Dobrogea

Author(s): Adriana Cupcea
Subject(s): Cultural history, Culture and social structure , Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), History of Communism, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics of History/Memory, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: ISPMN Institutul pentru Studierea Problemelor Minorităţilor Naţionale
Keywords: Turkish and Tatar communities; Romania; Demographic evolution; Communist period; Post-1990 period;
Summary/Abstract: The present study is a primary effort to identify and decript the identitary dynamics of the two most ancient ethnic communities of Romania, the Turks and Tatars. As a context framing, the paper shows the historic and demographic evolution of the Turks and the Tatars all throughout the 20th century. Chronologically, the emphasys falls upon the communist period, to better envisage the way in which political, economic and social changes in the era were reflected in the ethnic and religious structures of the Turks and the Tatars in Dobrogea and consequently to extend on identitary evolutions after 1990. By adding the archive research to journalistic text analysis and field research (interviews, participative observation), the study traces the memory patterns of the communist period, the types of relations and attitudes created in relation to the regime, together with the evolution of self-image and image of the other (Turk-Tatar), generated by the main identitary landmarks: ethnicity, religion, origins, mother tongue and traditions, inside the socialist society as well as after the fall of the communism.

  • Page Count: 36
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: Romanian