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Читалища, селищни общности и фолклорна култура през Възраждането
Chitalishtas, Local Communities and Folk Culture in the Bulgarian Nation Building Period

Author(s): Stela Nenova
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Customs / Folklore, Civil Society, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Developing nations, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , 19th Century, Period(s) of Nation Building, Politics and Identity, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: chitalishtas; local communities; folk culture; cultural heritage

Summary/Abstract: The author studies the first years after the introduction of the chitalishte institution when these cultural centres appeared and established themselves in the dynamic sociocultural context of the local communities – first in some of the well-developed Bulgarian towns and later in many of the Bulgarian villages. Chitalishte is a cultural and educational institution and is thus studied in the context of the modernization, educational and nation building ideas pertinent in the 1860s and 1870s. At that time the institution developed its specific features (its local nature, complex functions, autonomous social form of governance). The article presents the decisive moments certifying for the institutional activity of the chitalishta with an accent on these issues which show close relations to the folk culture, which was as a need and as a type of communication dominant in the local culture.

  • Issue Year: XLIV/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 165-184
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Bulgarian