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1339-7877
First Published
15 Jun 2014
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
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English

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Volume 15 (2015): Issue 2 (December 2015)

Journal Details
Format
Journal
eISSN
1339-7877
First Published
15 Jun 2014
Publication timeframe
2 times per year
Languages
English

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6 Articles
Open Access

Imagined Religious Communities and the “Culture of Bible-Readers”: Hinduism’s Challenge to European Religious Studies

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 8 - 18

Abstract

Abstract

This paper will discuss the challenges posed by modern conceptions of Hinduism - in particular Heinrich von Stietencron’s conception of a “collection of religions” and Romila Thapar’s application of Benedict Anderson’s theory of “imagined communities” to Hinduism-to the European style of religious studies, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Keywords

  • Hinduism
  • imagined communities
  • text-centered
  • historical approach
  • indigenous framework
  • culture of Bible-readers
  • therapeutic
  • religion
  • moksha-shastra
Open Access

Practices and Changes in Public Nutrition in Slovakia During the Period of Construction of Socialism

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 19 - 29

Abstract

Abstract

The study aims to describe the changes in public nutrition during the period of socialism in Slovakia. It explains the essence of the state Communist ideology’s involvement in people’s eating habits and the reality of food production, distribution and consumption.

Keywords

  • socialism
  • politics
  • nutrition
  • Slovakia
Open Access

‘We Don’t Need No Education’. A Case Study About Pastoral Datoga Girls in Tanzania

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 30 - 45

Abstract

Abstract

The topic of this paper reflects the reasons why formal education is not in accord with Datoga pastoral life in Tanzania and why this marginalized Nilotic tribe hesitates to send children to schools. In an attempt to grasp different reasons of avoiding education, the paper is focused especially on education of girls, which is less preferred than that of boys. The discussion reveals the impact of formal/informal education on traditional life of mobile Datoga and how norms, habits are slowly weakened. The suggestion is offered that unless the communication between pastoral Datoga and the government regarding school attendance and better conditions takes the cultural context, Datoga will remain outside the schooling process and their marginal position in the society will not change and neither their image of savage people.

Keywords

  • education
  • Datoga
  • pastoralists
  • semi nomads
  • girls
  • marginalization
Open Access

Current Manifestations of the Ethnic Identity of Transylvanian Saxons

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 46 - 65

Abstract

Abstract

The study ‘Current Manifestations of the Ethnic Identity of Transylvanian Saxons’ presents this ethnic minority in Romania. Based on the theoretical concepts of T. H. Eriksen, it deals with the issues of the ethnic identity and its contemporary manifestations in the culture of Transylvanian Saxons. Information gathered during the qualitative field research make it possible to capture changes in the manifestations of the ethnic identity and the relationship between the minority and the majority culture. As a result of modernization processes and large-scale emigration, there has been a change of the group’s mentality, with traditional behaviour patterns and models of social coexistence disintegrating. The need has arisen to revise the ethnic identity of the community. The observed aspects of the ethnic identity include ethnicity and Saxon self-concept, Saxon dialect, Saxon Evangelical Church, festivities, minority education and interethnic relations. Attention is also paid to the opinions of Saxon politicians and intellectuals of the current situation of the society and its future direction.

Keywords

  • ethnic minority
  • Transylvanian Saxons
  • ethnic identity
  • identity strategies
  • ethnology
Open Access

The Ukrainian Minority in Brno: A Qualitative Research on Ethnic Identity

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 66 - 80

Abstract

Abstract

The article focuses on the presentation of the temporary results of the qualitative ethnological research concerning the Ukrainian minority in Brno, Czech Republic. It is aimed on the description of the basic principles of the life of the diaspora in Brno and expressing the ethnic identity of the Ukrainians. After the introductory part author defines the methodological approach as well as the techniques used while carrying out the research. Following part of the article is aimed on characterizing the main attributes of the Ukrainian ethnic identity according to the informants. Moreover, the perception of the presence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Brno is illustrated by the conclusions acquired from the open-ended interviews with the Czech participants.

Keywords

  • Ukrainians
  • Brno
  • migration
  • ethnic identity
  • Ukrainian culture
  • Czech Republic
Open Access

The Polish Ethnographic Atlas: Research Achievements and Prospects

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 81 - 94

Abstract

Abstract

In 1998, the source materials of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas - collected over many decades with the participation of the Institute of History of Material Culture (a unit of the Polish Academy of Sciences) and several leading ethnological centres - were moved to the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia (currently the Faculty of Ethnology and Education). It was then that Z. Kłodnicki, the editor of the PEA, came up with the idea to continue and finish the atlas studies. However, the work on fulfilling the PEA, the biggest project in the history of Polish ethnology, is still going on.

Nowadays, the materials of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas constitute a precious, unique in the national scale, documentary base. For several years, a lively cooperation has taken place between the PEA staff (representing the Faculty of Ethnology and Education of the University of Silesia) and various cultural institutions, government and non-government organizations. The discussed projects are usually aimed at the preservation and protection of the cultural heritage of the Polish village as well as the broadly related promotion actions for activating local communities.

The workers of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas since 2014 have been also implementing the Ministry grant entitled The Polish Ethnographic Atlas - scientific elaboration, electronic database, publication of the sources in the Internet, stage I (scientific supervision: Ph.D. Agnieszka Pieńczak). What is an integral assumption of the discussed project is the scientific elaboration of three electronic catalogues, presenting the PEA resources: 1) field photographs (1955-1971) 2) the questionnaires concerning folk collecting (1948-1952), 3. the published maps (1958-2013). These materials have been selected due to their documentary value. The undertaking has brought about some measurable effects, mostly the special digital platform www.archiwumpae.us.edu.pl. This material database of ethnographic data might become the basis for designing various non-material activities aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of the Polish village.

Keywords

  • ethnology
  • Polish Ethnographic Atlas
  • Polish village
  • protection and preservation of cultural heritage
  • digitalization
6 Articles
Open Access

Imagined Religious Communities and the “Culture of Bible-Readers”: Hinduism’s Challenge to European Religious Studies

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 8 - 18

Abstract

Abstract

This paper will discuss the challenges posed by modern conceptions of Hinduism - in particular Heinrich von Stietencron’s conception of a “collection of religions” and Romila Thapar’s application of Benedict Anderson’s theory of “imagined communities” to Hinduism-to the European style of religious studies, particularly at the undergraduate level.

Keywords

  • Hinduism
  • imagined communities
  • text-centered
  • historical approach
  • indigenous framework
  • culture of Bible-readers
  • therapeutic
  • religion
  • moksha-shastra
Open Access

Practices and Changes in Public Nutrition in Slovakia During the Period of Construction of Socialism

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 19 - 29

Abstract

Abstract

The study aims to describe the changes in public nutrition during the period of socialism in Slovakia. It explains the essence of the state Communist ideology’s involvement in people’s eating habits and the reality of food production, distribution and consumption.

Keywords

  • socialism
  • politics
  • nutrition
  • Slovakia
Open Access

‘We Don’t Need No Education’. A Case Study About Pastoral Datoga Girls in Tanzania

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 30 - 45

Abstract

Abstract

The topic of this paper reflects the reasons why formal education is not in accord with Datoga pastoral life in Tanzania and why this marginalized Nilotic tribe hesitates to send children to schools. In an attempt to grasp different reasons of avoiding education, the paper is focused especially on education of girls, which is less preferred than that of boys. The discussion reveals the impact of formal/informal education on traditional life of mobile Datoga and how norms, habits are slowly weakened. The suggestion is offered that unless the communication between pastoral Datoga and the government regarding school attendance and better conditions takes the cultural context, Datoga will remain outside the schooling process and their marginal position in the society will not change and neither their image of savage people.

Keywords

  • education
  • Datoga
  • pastoralists
  • semi nomads
  • girls
  • marginalization
Open Access

Current Manifestations of the Ethnic Identity of Transylvanian Saxons

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 46 - 65

Abstract

Abstract

The study ‘Current Manifestations of the Ethnic Identity of Transylvanian Saxons’ presents this ethnic minority in Romania. Based on the theoretical concepts of T. H. Eriksen, it deals with the issues of the ethnic identity and its contemporary manifestations in the culture of Transylvanian Saxons. Information gathered during the qualitative field research make it possible to capture changes in the manifestations of the ethnic identity and the relationship between the minority and the majority culture. As a result of modernization processes and large-scale emigration, there has been a change of the group’s mentality, with traditional behaviour patterns and models of social coexistence disintegrating. The need has arisen to revise the ethnic identity of the community. The observed aspects of the ethnic identity include ethnicity and Saxon self-concept, Saxon dialect, Saxon Evangelical Church, festivities, minority education and interethnic relations. Attention is also paid to the opinions of Saxon politicians and intellectuals of the current situation of the society and its future direction.

Keywords

  • ethnic minority
  • Transylvanian Saxons
  • ethnic identity
  • identity strategies
  • ethnology
Open Access

The Ukrainian Minority in Brno: A Qualitative Research on Ethnic Identity

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 66 - 80

Abstract

Abstract

The article focuses on the presentation of the temporary results of the qualitative ethnological research concerning the Ukrainian minority in Brno, Czech Republic. It is aimed on the description of the basic principles of the life of the diaspora in Brno and expressing the ethnic identity of the Ukrainians. After the introductory part author defines the methodological approach as well as the techniques used while carrying out the research. Following part of the article is aimed on characterizing the main attributes of the Ukrainian ethnic identity according to the informants. Moreover, the perception of the presence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Brno is illustrated by the conclusions acquired from the open-ended interviews with the Czech participants.

Keywords

  • Ukrainians
  • Brno
  • migration
  • ethnic identity
  • Ukrainian culture
  • Czech Republic
Open Access

The Polish Ethnographic Atlas: Research Achievements and Prospects

Published Online: 09 Dec 2015
Page range: 81 - 94

Abstract

Abstract

In 1998, the source materials of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas - collected over many decades with the participation of the Institute of History of Material Culture (a unit of the Polish Academy of Sciences) and several leading ethnological centres - were moved to the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia (currently the Faculty of Ethnology and Education). It was then that Z. Kłodnicki, the editor of the PEA, came up with the idea to continue and finish the atlas studies. However, the work on fulfilling the PEA, the biggest project in the history of Polish ethnology, is still going on.

Nowadays, the materials of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas constitute a precious, unique in the national scale, documentary base. For several years, a lively cooperation has taken place between the PEA staff (representing the Faculty of Ethnology and Education of the University of Silesia) and various cultural institutions, government and non-government organizations. The discussed projects are usually aimed at the preservation and protection of the cultural heritage of the Polish village as well as the broadly related promotion actions for activating local communities.

The workers of the Polish Ethnographic Atlas since 2014 have been also implementing the Ministry grant entitled The Polish Ethnographic Atlas - scientific elaboration, electronic database, publication of the sources in the Internet, stage I (scientific supervision: Ph.D. Agnieszka Pieńczak). What is an integral assumption of the discussed project is the scientific elaboration of three electronic catalogues, presenting the PEA resources: 1) field photographs (1955-1971) 2) the questionnaires concerning folk collecting (1948-1952), 3. the published maps (1958-2013). These materials have been selected due to their documentary value. The undertaking has brought about some measurable effects, mostly the special digital platform www.archiwumpae.us.edu.pl. This material database of ethnographic data might become the basis for designing various non-material activities aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of the Polish village.

Keywords

  • ethnology
  • Polish Ethnographic Atlas
  • Polish village
  • protection and preservation of cultural heritage
  • digitalization

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