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Assessing Ethnic Vitality in the Border Area Along the Slovene-Croatian Border: Selected Spaces of Minority Populations

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.11.00  Social sciences  Ethnic studies   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
300 znakov
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Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on February 19, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender, archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  24  44  39  1.63 
Scopus  72  198  172  2.39 
Researchers (8)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  19109  PhD Romana Bešter  Political science  Researcher  2021 - 2024  157 
2.  22628  PhD Sara Brezigar  Political science  Researcher  2021 - 2024  255 
3.  20195  PhD Damir Josipovič  Geography  Head  2021 - 2024  325 
4.  07592  PhD Miran Komac  Political science  Retired researcher  2021 - 2024  471 
5.  18129  PhD Attila Kovacs  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  560 
6.  08262  PhD Stanko Pelc  Geography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  320 
7.  26503  PhD Janez Pirc  Geography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  162 
8.  27705  PhD Barbara Riman  Historiography  Researcher  2021 - 2024  251 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0507  Institute for Ethnic Studies  Ljubljana  5051517000  4,459 
2.  2158  University of Primorska Faculty of Education  Koper  1810014003  15,134 
The applied methodology is based on the improved scheme for the ethno-linguistic vitality assessment at minority populations. Identifications and self-affiliations will be considered through the prism of multiple, combined, or fluid ethnic identifications. For this reason, the fieldwork is necessary, where a survey and interviews will be carried out in close collaboration with the local populations (in compliance with the possible anti-covid measures). The project tema will make use of already accomplished research on comparable border areas: Slovenian-Italian, Slovenian-Austrian, Slovenian-Hungarian, and elsewhere. The subject of our research interest is national/ethnic communities that exist today, demonstrate a certain degree of ethnic vitality, and express the desire and aspiration to preserve the (special) cultural characteristics that distinguish them from similar social groups (national/ethnic and religious minorities). In view of the above, the proposed project aims to answer the following research questions and objectives: · In order to establish the presence of cohesive ties between members of individual minorities, their representation and reproduction over time, we wonder what is the state of ethnic vitality of individual minority communities in the areas selected for the project.· What are the differences between the subpopulations of the same ethnic group that inhabits different or relatively remote areas along the border; e.g. Croats in the sections of the “old border” (Kočevje, Bela Krajina, Žumberak) and in areas of recent demarcation (Prekmurje, Slovene Istria), Serbs (differences between micro-locations in Bela Krajina), and others.· What is the susceptibility of individual minorities to emigration and loss of demographic potential, as a basic factor of the objective vitality of the population?· As the border area with Croatia was also marked by forced and pseudo-voluntary migrations (e.g. Italians in Istria, Hungarians in Lendava), how do these reflect on minority populations today?· Can the protection of individual ethnically disperse populations prevent the loss of the cultural heritage of a specific area that a minority inhabits and marks in a culturally recognisable and specific way?· Are there along the Slovene-Croatian border any “autochthonous national communities” (according to the wording of the Slovene Constitution)? Particular attention is paid to the status of Croats in Slovenia, who are the most numerous minorities in the border area, but do not enjoy the special rights guaranteed by the Constitution.· Is it possible to form – anywhere along the Slovene-Croatian border – an “ethnically mixed area” (according to the wording of the Slovene Constitution), as it is known and implemented in Prekmurje and Istria?· Do the inhabitants of the border area along the Slovene-Croatian border, members of “ethnic minorities”, wish to change or legally regulate their current status and position?· Which ethnic communities, or which strata/subgroups within an individual ethnic community wish to change the existing status and which do not, and what are the reasons on both sides?· What policies and strategies have these subgroups – especially those that do not enjoy explicit constitutional protection – developed so far to change their current status?· How does the regional and geographical context affect the willingness of the minority population to express their ethnic identity and are there any equivalent trends among the local populations to cooperate on minority bases?
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