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Author Cvorovic, Jelena Author.

Title Roast Chicken and other Gypsy Stories Oral Narratives among Serbian Gypsies Jelena Cvorovic [electronic resource]

Published Frankfurt a.M. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften 201108, c2010


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Edition 1st, New ed.
Physical description 132 p.
Series Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes 75
Contents Contents: Gypsies in Serbia – Gypsy Folklore in Macva – Gurbeti Gypsies – Njamci Gypsies – Cergari Gypsies – Horahane Gypsies – Karavlax Gypsies – Traditional stories – Origin/ancestral stories – Love/marriage stories – Heroine stories – Humorous/funny stories – Oral narratives – Social behavior.
Summary This book discusses narrative as an adaptive cultural mechanism among Gypsies in Serbia. As a key traditional trait of Serbian Gypsies, storytelling, conveyed along kin generations, influences the behavior of all who listen. Since their appearance in the Balkans centuries ago, an insecure social environment has shaped their cultural traditions, including that of storytelling. Their traditional stories reaffirm the strong identity with their kinship group, yet, at the same time, plead loudly for recognition from outsiders. The success achieved by Gypsies in maintaining themselves and their culture can be attributed, in large measure, to the power of their traditional stories.
History notes The Author: Jelena Cvorovic completed her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology at the Arizona State University in 2001. Her main research field are Serbian Gypsies and their traditions. She works as a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnography at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
ISBN 9783653004946
Standard Number 9783653004946