Ethno-Anthropological Multi-Level Dilemmas: Example of Egyptians in Belgrade Cover Image

Етноантрополошке дилеме у више димензија: пример Eгипћана у Београду
Ethno-Anthropological Multi-Level Dilemmas: Example of Egyptians in Belgrade

Author(s): Saša Nedeljković
Subject(s): Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Keywords: Balkan Egyptians; Belgrade; ethnically identity; interethnic relations; construction;
Summary/Abstract: The Balkan Egyptians are a relatively new group of people, whose emergence on the socio-political stage of Serbia and the Balkans corresponds to numerous and complex inter-ethnic and inter-national relations. Hence, for the understanding of the processes unfolding in and around this group, it is necessary to understand the processes of interaction and communication on the international level. The said group, as yet of no articulate character, and of unclear outline, is struggling for a status of ethnic group, which puts it into an extremely interesting and unforseeable identity situation. The absence of institutionalized common historic memory, as an essential factor of ethnic unity, is a rather serious temptation for this underdeveloped and unoriented ethnic structure. This situation opens a number of new perspectives, and each of these perspectives has a direct relationship to the interests of different strata, both within the group and beyond. Within and around the group, a struggle is waged among various projects and structures of identity. Given all that, the identity of the Balkan Egyptians is an exceptionally interesting subject for research with a view to acquring a more profound insight into all the facts and processes relative to the structure o f identity. The paper deals with the problem o f the group’s identity through relationships between the institutionalized and individual levels of identification, between the subjective and objective aspects of identity, between the group’s attitude to its outward and to its inner appearance, between ethnic declaration and identity practice, etc.

  • Page Range: 309-327
  • Page Count: 19
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Serbian