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Пенсионерските клубове: полезна за остаряването формална форма на неформални отношения
Retirement Clubs: Formal Form of Informal Relations Beneficial in Old Age

Author(s): Ivelina Eftimova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Gerontology, Sociology of Culture, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: retirement clubs; organization of pensioners; models of socialization

Summary/Abstract: The article is focused on the retirement clubs as a form of organization of pensioners established during socialism and still existing today. The first part of the study examines the preliminary goals, organization and activities of the retirement clubs while the second concentrates on the changes and problems which occurred after1989, the founding of the Union of Pensioners in Bulgaria, the attempts at expanding the network of clubs in order to protect the interests and their situation today. The retirement clubs are an object of interest for a great part of the pensioners in Bulgaria who need an organized type of communication similar to the one they were used to during their professional life at a mature age. The models of social life at the place of work established during socialism are similar to those imposed in childhood. They are succeeded by the retirement clubs, in whose institutionalized community the generation shaped in the 1930s – 1950s and possessing steady specifics fits easily. This community offers successful models of socialization during individual ageing but cannot exist in this form in practice without the support of the state or municipal institutions.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 56-74
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Bulgarian