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Promjene seoske porodice i običajnog ponašanja pri sklapanju braka

Institute for social research in Zagreb
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  • Economics
  • Law


On the basis of extensive research into the 'traditional social culture, the author analyzes certain elements in the Pakrac region. In the introduction she gives a isurvey of the cultural and economic past of the villages around Pakrac, of adaption processes between immigrants and natives, of changes in production relations as a foundation both for changes in the past, and for those that are taking place today. Profiles of the transformation, structure and division of the rural family, according to available documents from the 18th century onwards, are analyzed depending on social and economic conditions and legal regulations, starting with the classical zadrouga, through the family community to nuclear forms of family life. Modem forms of the rural family are established through a detailed study and from documents in local archives. They are defined Since the final disintegration of the zadrougas in 1958, to present-day forms that are under the influence of daily migrants, and are similar in way of life and structure to urban families. Changes in wedding customs are analyzed from the following aspects: social and family relations, changes in customs in general, the social status of young people, the scale of wedding customs (from going to ask for the girl in marriage, to a wedding without any ceremony at all), social and magical customs. The author concludes that traditional elements have been retained in the social culture, whose development in the Pakrac region lags behind that of surrounding regions.

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