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Растения и идентичност: от биокултурните характеристики към валоризацията на местни растителни ресурси
Plants and Identity: from Biocultural Characteristics to Valorization of Local Plant Resources

Author(s): Valentina Ganeva-Raycheva, Dessislava Dimitrova, Teodora Ivanova
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Economy, Cultural history, Micro-Economics, Agriculture, Sociology, Economic history, Local History / Microhistory, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Rural and urban sociology, Sociobiology, Economic development, Tourism, Socio-Economic Research, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: plant resources; beans; local landrace; biocultural; valorization; locality; internalization; festivalization

Summary/Abstract: The paper examines the process of transformation of plant species into emblems that play an important role in the construction of local identity and the specific taste of place. By comparing the case of Raduil and Smilyan beans, the authors seek answers to the questions: how a plant crop that has not been the subject of intense cultivation and extensive commercialization becomes a value and is permanently associated with the name of a settlement (area), how this happens in time, what are the main social actors in the process, which are the economic and socio-cultural preconditions, how the valorisation of certain local plant resources is expressed in cultural forms and can be an incentive for activating local communities and economic revival of the studied areas. The bio-cultural dimensions of beans in Smilyan and Raduil and the process of evaluation of these food plants are the main threads in the study.

  • Issue Year: XLIV/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 361-389
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Bulgarian