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Stereotypes about the Albanians in Everyday Life of the Balkan Peoples - The Example of Bulgaria
Stereotypes about the Albanians in Everyday Life of the Balkan Peoples - The Example of Bulgaria

Author(s): Diana Ivanova
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.

Summary/Abstract: „Albanski reotan“ was the first image the author heard about Albania in her own country, Bulgaria. What does it mean? How does it affect the Bulgarian way of thinking and behaviour? Why do people need to make negative projections on others? Why do Bulgarians need to regard Albanians as the bottom of society? These are the ultimate questions of today. They are not only Balkan questions, they are universal questions. The author argues that not only the intellectuals start to think about these subjects today in the Balkans. After having lived in the „double darkness“ - the „dark place“ (the Balkans) and the „dark period“ (Socialism) - for years, Balkan people are at the beginning of a powerful awakening in two directions. First: psychological awareness of the power of stereotypes. Second: cultural awareness of the borders and possibilities of their cultural identity.

  • Issue Year: 2002
  • Issue No: 5-6
  • Page Range: 42-46
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English