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Giving meaning to identities. A case-study for the Romanian Banat region


  • Woudstra, Jaco


This research is focussed on the ethnic identities from Banat maintained till nowadays under different cultural forms. Identity starts from the feeling of ‘social space’, with a specific language for each ethnic group and a specific culture evolving through time. These local ethnic identities have determined the appearance of a regional identity. A questionnaire was launched among over 500 students and many interviews were conducted, reaching the conclusion that the spirit of ‘banaţean’native of Banat) is still alive among young people, albeit with a lower. Politically, local actors participate in projects to maintain regional identity, while at the central government level seem to embrace the Banat cultural identity.

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  • Woudstra, Jaco, 2006. "Giving meaning to identities. A case-study for the Romanian Banat region," MPRA Paper 26957, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 06 Apr 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:26957

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    ethnic and regional identity; cultural symbols; Banat; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination


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