Desislav Georgiev

The problem that I propose to address is the social suffering in the context of the Bulgarian village and in particular how it is related to the ongoing demographic and economic changes. The subject is a continuation of my bachelor’s thesis, for which the fieldwork was conducted in Kameno pole, a village near Vratsa. By conducting a study on the practices of mutual assistance in the Bulgarian village after 1989 on the terrain I came across a number of cases that can be defined as psychopathologies of everyday life. My idea is, on the basis of the observations made, to formulate a research question that I will examine through the methods of socioanalysis. Since the proposed fieldwork has already been conducted, I will outline the general context by briefly summarizing the results of my last year’s work. I am primarily concerned with the problems I consider appropriate for further consideration within this project. The depopulation of houses is a problem that is actively debated by residents. The people I talked to mentioned this many times in our conversations. To this motive is added the idea of ​​the dying and the deteriorated village, which is no longer what it used to be. Some of the houses are bought by Roma who previously lived in the village’s outskirts or in their own neighborhood. It can be said that the Bulgarians view this as a sign and cause of the already mentioned decline of the village. Thus, the status of the Roma as neighbors is quite controversial. Indicative of this is an expression that respondents use in several forms: The streets are empty, there are only Gypsies.In general, what I think consider to be appropriate is to look at the problem of “deficient” new neighbours that do not take the place of the previous ones, and how this affects and is experienced by the old inhabitants. Here I have to say that all people I talked to and whose views have been presented here are only Bulgarians and not Roma. It would be impossible not to interrogate the idea expressed by the inhabitants about the deteriorating village, which I think may be interpreted as the attitude of the inhabitants towards their living environment as an environment / field that is not worth investing in, i.e. the foundation on which their everyday life takes place.