What is it about?

This paper discusses a unique case in recent Romanian history of an identity shift from Carasovans to Croats and the complex socio-political context which made it possible. Given their debated ethnic origins, the identity of Carasovans is considered an ‘ethnic enigma’. The aim of our research is to offer a critical interpretation of the dynamics of ethnic identification of the Carasovans.

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Why is it important?

This study is important because it discussese the processes of national and ethnic identification in order to reveal how the Carasovan community was recently reinvented along the lines of the Croat identity.


The political, economic and cultural elements involved in the dynamics of Carasovans' self-identification are among the most important perspectives for this topic.

Dr Remus Cretan
west university of Timisoara

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This page is a summary of: From Carasovan to Croat: The ‘Ethnic Enigma’ of a (Re)Invented Identity in Romania, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, August 2014, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/19448953.2014.943936.
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