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Ambiguous attachments and industrious nostalgias: heritage narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania

Clopot, Cristina Elena

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Abstract

This article questions notions of belonging in the case of displaced communities’ descendants and discusses such groups’ efforts to preserve their heritage. It examines the instrumental use of nostalgia in heritage discourses that drive preservation efforts. The case study presented is focused on the Russian Old Believers in Romania. Their creativity in reforming heritage practices is considered in relation to heritage discourses that emphasise continuity. The ethnographic data presented in this article, derived from my doctoral research project, is focused on three major themes: language preservation, the singing tradition and the use of heritage for touristic purposes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 9, 2017
Journal Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
Print ISSN 1755-2923
Electronic ISSN 1755-2931
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Pages 31-51
Institution Citation Clopot, C. E. (2017). Ambiguous attachments and industrious nostalgias: heritage narratives of Russian Old Believers in Romania. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 26(2), 31-51. https://doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2017.260204
DOI https://doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2017.260204
Keywords Belonging; Heritage; Russian Old Believers; Nostalgia; Romania; Narratives
Publisher URL https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/ajec/26/2/ajec260204.xml
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Anthropological journal of European cultures, 2017. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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