Changing Paradigms

The State of the Ethnological Sciences in Southeast Europe

Edited by: Klaus Roth

From an historical distance, the development of the ethnological sciences in Southeast Europe - that is, of ethnology, ethnography, folklore, and cultural/ social anthropology - has been dealt with extensively for the period prior to 1990. For most Balkan countries, this was the period of socialism. This volume offers analyses of the ensuing development of the ethnological sciences in this rapidly transforming region. The book's authors are scholars involved in the turbulent processes of modernizing change. Their insightful and engaged contributions reveal that these changes were indeed changes of basic paradigms, transforming the past-oriented and often ideologically biased or exploited disciplines into modern, reflexive, and critical ones, focusing on socio-cultural aspects of Balkan societies. Apart from its portrayal of the present state of the ethnological disciplines, the book also offers a comprehensive list of all ethnological institutions, associations, and journals in Southeast Europe, promoting scholarly exchange and cooperation between all those interested in Balkan societies and cultures. (Series: Ethnologia Balkanica - Vol. 17) [Subject: Ethnology, Sociology, European Studies, Balkan Studies]

Publication Date: 2/23/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643906212