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Specific Traits of the Ethnic Consciousness of Young Bulgarians in Moldova


Authors:
Elena Razeeva Taras Shevchenko Transnistria State University and Grigoriy Tsamblak Taraclia State University

Pages: 77-87

Abstract:

The article presents the results of a multifaceted associative experiment. It also reflects on some of the peculiarities of the ethnic consciousness young Bulgarians in Moldova. The collected data have revealed differences between urban and rural respondents’ perceptions of certain features, which are perceived as typically Bulgarian. Light has also been shed on such respondents’ auto- and heterostereotypes as well as on differences in their perceptions of the hierarchy of values reflected in Bulgarian literature. Alongside with a definitely positive auto-stereotype and its obvious similarity to representations of “Bulgarianness”, there seems to be a lack of qualitative and quantitative nuances. Also, reactions to the provided stimuli have shown a major predominance of associations with Russian cultural and literary images. However, regardless of the above-mentioned differences, young Bulgarians in Moldova base their outlook on key Bulgarian cultural “imagemes” through which they conceptualize and define Bulgarian ethnic values.

Keywords:

Bulgarians in Moldova, ethnic consciousness, associative experiment, personosphere, autostereotype, values

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