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MIGRATION, MEMORY, HERITAGE: SOCIO-CULTURAL
APPROACHES TO THE BULGARIAN-TURKISH BORDER
3.1.1. The case of unproblematic receiving of inheritance from the parents (who lived
through themoment of out-migration and accumulated practical experience in two different
cultural and social milieus)
As an ideal type, such a giving/receiving of inheritance is mostly observed among the
representatives of the so-called “20’s generation”, who were born in Turkey. In itself, this case
is of no particular interest, because in this instance we do not see contradictions and slippages
between past conditions of production and present conditions of habitus functioning – with “the
20’s generation” there’s evidence of doxic relation between the two. This is why the representatives
of this generation consider and recognize their social space
without questioning, as naturally
given
: since it is the space of “being born in”, it presuppose the specific sense of “
being born with
”,
i.e. that practical sense in the form of non-obvious knowledge which identifies their “place” in
social space and assists them in recognizing and accepting “the place of others” who are different
from them. Therefore, the case of the “20’s generation” describes the unproblematic acceptance
of inheritance and its inheriting. Even if taken as an ideal type, here we have a complete overlap
between social positions and biographical trajectories as a result from the construction of specific
biographical
illusio
– ‘to-be-inheritor-of-Bulgarian-Turkish-out-migrants-in-Edirne’.
3.1.2.Thecaseof“neweyes”upon inheritance,whenthere isnorejectionof inheritance
itself as a form, but there is questioning of certain premises without changing the form of
“inheritance”
I have theoretically supported the thesis that in passing on “inheritance”, parents ensure (or
at least attempt to ensure) a suitable habitat and possibilities for realizing suitable biographical
and life chances.
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We also saw that the condition for the possibility for the child of an out-migrant
(“inheritor”) to formulate a specific
illusio
for constructing a successful biographical trajectory is to
“accept” the inheritance from whoever bestows it.
To support the above observations, I may refer to the cases in the“30’s generation”: “E.V.”who
has already accomplished a successful university career, to which they “sacrificed” the life chances
and opportunities of his older brothers and sisters; “F.” who specializes in neurosurgery in Edirne –
they have both“suppressed”thememories of their“Bulgarian-ness”and have completely integrated
in the Turkish social space with all its norms, social conditions, and institutional opportunities. They
were given a suitable to this aim habitat, as well as suitable biographical chances (for example, the
mother, brother and sister of E. V. would work around the clock so as to put him through school and
achieve for him that-which-the-others-cannot-achieve). This suppressed“Bulgarian-ness” (life there
and then) can manifest itself only as alodoxic actions (or social lapsus): for instance, the interest
which a number of members of this generation, including E.V., show with respect to contemporary
Balkan history; E.V. has worked on an MA thesis along such lines, a thesis he is currently expanding
on as his PhD project.
29 At the point of settling in Edirne, it was usually both parents who began work, soon they managed to pay off
their immigrant home, bought a new, bigger one; the children went to school, undertook extra-curriculars, such as
sports, computers, etc. – these are the goals whichwere shared as successfully achieved in the new social environment
by every out-migrant we interviewed.