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Градината – място на биокултурно разнообразие
The Garden – a Place of Biocultural Diversity

Author(s): Petar Petrov, Valentina Ganeva-Raycheva, Dessislava Dimitrova, Teodora Ivanova, Yulia Boseva, Yana Yancheva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Economy, Cultural history, Micro-Economics, Agriculture, Regional Geography, Economic history, Local History / Microhistory, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Sociobiology, Migration Studies, Socio-Economic Research, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: gardening; home gardens; biocultural heritage; human – plant interactions; biography of garden; ethnobotany; interdisciplinarity

Summary/Abstract: The first part of the article presents the theoretical and methodological basis of the study of interconnections and interactions between the social and plant world in gardens, with an emphasis on the concept of biocultural diversity. Experience from collaborative field studies of ethnologists and botanists has been shared. The second part presents observations and reflections on the garden as a multilayered topos: an economic but also an aestheticized place; a place of conservation of genetic resources and knowledge, but also of experiments and innovation; a place where the diversity and composition reflects social relations, hierarchies and conflicts, social mobility and migration, memory of important events and loved ones, cultural orientations and values. The analysis shows that the garden is characterized by constant doing and incompleteness, that it is a place where people bring together different spaces and times and that each garden has its own biography that reflects the life trajectories of its owners.

  • Issue Year: XLIV/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 315-342
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Bulgarian