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MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL
APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER
property rights for the successors of the Thracian refugees is an example of such
legitimizing of
“strategies for taking advantage of inheritance”
. This strategy basically transforms one form of
capital – patriotism as a symbolic such, into another form of capital – property as economic capital.
The performative nature of the statement (installing a sense of duty) ideologically doubles what is
thought of as essence andphenomenonby interpellatinganessential all encompassing community
- that is “
every successor
”. Insofar as the successor pre-predicatively regards himself as an essence
according to which he must “inherit” his father’s estate (in our case the property of the father), and
“every[body]” is thought of in terms of essential all-encompassing community without which we
cannot accomplish the overlap between two value orders of antinomy, this becomes the condition
for the possibility to translate one value order into another and shows that notwithstanding the
seeming forms of manifestation (patriotism as a duty), the essence
is
such (the restoration of
property). Quite possibly, it is its official articulation that provokes through ideological interpellation
effects of acceptance or rejection, of disclosure or justification, of accusation or remission.
We may summarize that by ensuring an all-encompassing essential community, including
in itself “
every
descendant”, the ideological statement allows a smooth overlap between two value
orders of antinomy by means of taking advantage of “Thracian inheritance”.
2.4. An empirical case: “K.M.” as a “brand”, i.e. as successfully combining social and
biographical trajectories and receiving in full measure (“100%”) the inheritance of Thracian
Bulgarians
So far my analysis emphasized the institutional dimensions of contradictions of inheritance,
revealing the discursive practices and strategies of the network of agents and groups which occupy
official positions in the field of inheriting. Here I will discuss an example of the ways in which the
inheritance of “Thracian Bulgarian-ness” is absorbed at the everyday level of an agent who has
managed to combine his social and biographical trajectory to the effect of “100%” acceptance of
the heritage of Thracian refugees.
I considerK.M. anagentwhooccupiesdifferentpositions inseveral fields.Thesearecombined
and unified in a non-contradictory manner in his biographical trajectory by means of constructing
a particular biographical
orderli
– that of ‘
being-an-inheritor-to-Thracian-Bulgarians-from-Strandja
’.
Therefore, theontological complicitybetween social andbiographical trajectories is possible
through the formation of a
specific border habitus
which is successively structured around the
different positions the agent occupies in social space and which, in its turn, generates his specific
practices. The internalization of these positions in the form of practical schemata for classification
and interpretation leads to the emergence of normalized phenomenality in K. M. who re-thinks
everything through them and leads to the appearance of concrete practical goals and interests:
his interest in the
church
becomes important (“when I was little I used to skip school and sleep
there”, “I used to take my classmates there”. “I decided to get to it, so that we could save the church”:
therefore ‘I-will-become-church-trustee’); in
folklore
(“Z. S. taught me”: therefore ‘I-will-enroll-in-
music-and-folklore-school’); in the
Thracian idea
(“It was Thracians who found Z.”, ‘I was found by
Z.”: therefore‘I-will-become-a-supporter-of-the-Thracian-idea’); or his interest in
nestinari
(“They are