Accepted Paper:

has pdf download A new subject at the margins: migration studies in Bulgaria  


Magdalena Elchinova (New Bulgarian University)

Paper short abstract:

The paper presents a critical review on migration studies in the Bulgarian social sciences, posing questions of Europe-wide methodological interest (categorizations, local policies of mutuality and integration, cross-discipline approaches).

Paper long abstract:

The paper will present a critical overview of the study of migration and transnational mobility in the Bulgarian social sciences. Having emerged recently at the margins of different social sciences, this field of research interest calls for evaluation and systematization in regard with theory and method. The case of migration studies in Bulgaria will be further used to discuss the role of anthropology in this interdisciplinary field of study. In such a perspective, issues of broader significance will be discussed, such as reconsideration of migration and transnational mobility-related categories, as well as methodological bridging between migration studies and studies in other subjects of interest (e.g., ethnic relations, religious diversity, community studies). Special attention will be paid to the role of local strategies of mutuality and policies of cultural diversity in the incorporation and integration of migrants.

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