Keep Calm and Move to Bulgaria. Social behavior in a Culturally Diverse Bulgarian Village

  • van der Tim Wart

Student thesis: Master's Thesis: Humanistic Studies


Because the European Union is expanding its cultural diversity is becoming increasingly complex. An example of this complexity is the small and secluded village of Paskalevets in Bulgaria. The population of 150 consists of at least eight different nationalities. This cultural diversity is rather new. People from the USA, the UK, France, Ireland, and Germany have started settling there during the last ten years. Although cultural diversity is often managed by different policies and models, Paskalevets' diversity is not subjected to any policy. Cultural identities are not institutionally embedded. This empirical research focuses on inter-cultural social behavior in a non-regulated culturally diverse situation. Interviews and observations in Paskalevets describe that social behavior. Analysis shows that language, economic status, and historical and political background influence the inhabitants' behavior and create a social imbalance in the village. Conclusions about social behavior are that the size of the village and its population, together with its unregulated cultural diversity, hinders integration and facilitates discrimination and social inequality. It results in social fragmentation characterized by isolation and seclusion of the various cultural groups, mainly divided into natives and foreigners. There are exceptions but because of unsolved cultural differences, they're fragile.
Date of Award1 Jan 2013
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorR. H. C. Meij (Supervisor), J. Wojtkowiak (Supervisor) & R. G. A. Kaulingfreks (Supervisor)

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