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Etnografická rajonizace: úvahy nad jejím historickým vývojem a smyslem současné existence

Title in English Ethnographic Differentiation: reflections on its Historical Development and Sense of Contemporary Existence


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Národopisná revue
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Archaeology, anthropology, ethnology
Keywords local culture; folk culture; ethnographic differentation; ethnographic region; regional and local identity; the Slovácko region; the Moravian Záhoří; folklore movement
Description Nowadays, local culture is understood as an important phenomenon of culture in the society, as an identification factor of local inhabitants, as an important part of place to live in. In many case, this is connected, directly or indirectly, with traditional folk culture. This also includes the issue of ethnographic differentiation as well as the definition of ethnographic regions, as these were formed especially in the 19th and the outset of the 20th centuries and have been declared as a legacy of tradition so far. Significant is the issue of the formation of these regions as well as the development of the cultural environment belonging to them, which is the basis for the reflections in the submitted study: to what extent the general contentions about ethnographic differentiation are valid and what the major impulse for the progress thereof is. Two Moravian ethnographic areas (Slovácko and Moravian Záhoří), which today are an integral part of the map with ethnographic areas, have been chosen to allow a particular view of the given issue. Their genesis and development, however, are not identical. They differ in their territorial extent, distinctiveness, inner differentiation as well as in the intensity of regional consciousness. Both probes try to prove that perception of an ethnographic area can often be a professional stereotype and that it is necessary to come back to the theme of ethnographic regions in new contexts and meanings.
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