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The problem of preservation and development of younger generation Bulgarians of the Republic of Moldova ethnic identity today (at the present stage)

Author: Raţeeva Elena
Degree:doctor of history
Speciality: 07.00.07 - Ethnology, Cultural and Historical Anthropology
Scientific adviser: Veaceslav Stepanov
doctor habilitat, professor, Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Institution: Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova


The thesis was presented on the 8 October, 2010
Approved by NCAA on the 24 February, 2011


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identity, ethnic, ethnocultural identity, diaspora identity, identification, Bulgarian (native) literature, cultural (culture) text, personosfere, symbols, heroes, rituals, values, ethnoimage


Structure of the thesis: introduction, 3 chapters, conclusions and recommendations, bibliography of 349 references, 7 annexes, 150 pages of the base text, 10 figures and 53 tables. The obtained results are published in 21 scientific papers and 7 text books.

Fields of research: Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology

Goal of the thesis is to justify the need of a conceptual approach to the study of Bulgarian literature as a means of ethnic and cultural identification in a multicultural educational environment of the Republic of Moldova.

Scientific novelty and originality are stipulated by the complex interdisciplinary approach to studying ethnic identity of the younger generation of Bulgarians of the Republic of Moldova, as well as to the problem of its preservation and development at its present stage. The comprehension of the mechanism of translation and development of ethnic identity within a diaspora in a polycultural educational situation by means of studying native literature has never been a subject of a monographic study before.

Theoretical and application significance of the research:

For the first time there has been suggested an approach to literature studying within the diaspora of the Republic of Moldova as a means of translation of the native culture images in the system and typology of images-symbols, being brought into the Dialog of cultures. This helps to overcome the existing gap between the inevitable ethnocentricity of any ethno-culture and the tasks of any multi-cultural state, the tasks oriented against ethnocentricity itself.

The appliance of scientific results: The results obtained in this research can be effectively used for writing Bulgarian language and literature curricula and manuals for diaspora Bulgarians, as well as for preparing lectures in Enthnopadagogy for students majoring in Pedagogics or teachers’ trainings.