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Kriterion: The Institutionalized Ethnic Identity
Kriterion: The Institutionalized Ethnic Identity

Author(s): András Kányádi
Subject(s): History of Communism, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS)
Summary/Abstract: There is a fashionable motto: “unity in diversity”. On the level of a sheer linguistic abstraction, the “signifier” stands for the integrity of an entity, but also for its specificity, meaning at the same time cohesion and variety. Our study makes an attempt to present the institutional application of the concept of «unity» and that of the «division», promoted and performed by communist institutions, and focuses on a specific case of minority culture in Romania, showing the complex interplay between professional roles and ethnic identity, there the actors, in order to reach their objectives, adopt tricky strategies and various masks. Being a cultural study, it intends also to analyze phenomena of the cultural life of the communist period, attempting to bring together discourse analysis and institutional practice.

  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English