Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

<< Identitätsmanagement von Minderheiten im Alpen-Donau-Adria-Raum / Minorities’ Identity Management in the Alpine-Danube-Adriatic Region

Symbols of German Ethnic Identity in Subotica (Vojvodina)

Aleksandar Krel (Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti [SANU], Etnografski Institut Beograd [SCG])


Subotica and its wider surroundings form a unique municipality located in the far northern part of the state community of Serbia and Montenegro. The municipality occupies the central part of the northern Bachka. The state border line with Hungaria shapes it in the north. In the east it leans on the municipalities of Kanjiza and Senta. In the south, it is the municipality of Bachka Topola, and finally, in the west, it is the municipality of Sombor. Subotica is inhabited by large number of different ethnic groups, among them there is the small ethnic groups of Germans, too.

The paper discusses in which ways the symbols of German ethnic identity are functioning in Subotica area. Based on the premise that ethnic group form it as a sequence of symbolic performances concerning their ethnic unity and difference. Therefore the others identify them as the members of a particular group. The analysis covers different levels and aspects of knowledge as well as the spheres of using symbols of ethnic identity. On the one hand it covers the reasons of its persistence during centuries and on the other hand there will be shown the changes into multiethnic regions.

Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
(IRICS) Vienna, 9. - 11. december 2005

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