Černelić, Milana

Characteristic features of the extended family life of the Croatian ethnic group of Bunjevci / Milana Černelić ; Tihana Rubić. - str.

This paper deals with certain aspects of life within extended families (zadruge) in different Southeast European areas inhabited by Bunjevci, a group of ethnic Croats, originating from Dalmatia, southeastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the 17th century they migrated to the regions of Primorje, Lika and Gorski kotar, situated in western Croatia, and to the Danube area in the north (the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, today territories of Hungary and Serbia), thus forming two branches of the ethnic group of Bunjevci known as the Primorje/Lika and Danube area Bunjevci. Certain characteristic features of life in extended families (zadruga) will be discussed, such as: kinship relations of family members, the role of the master and the mistress, her duties in relation to other female family members, etc. The authors also analyze specific transitional forms of family life from the zadruga to nuclear families, which exhibit tendencies to keep certain features of the co-resistance after the (un)formal partition of the zadruga, as well as the reasons of these tendencies. All the distinguished features will be analysed in a broader Southeast European perspective. Differences between the two Bunjevci branches related to various eco-historical systems and cultural and economic influences will also be dealt with. A variety of surviving patterns, present within the two distinctive branches and related to those in the area from which they migrated, will also be discussed.


Rubić, Tihana ;

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