|Whether the “Balkan Family Pattern” Exists as a Model or it is an Ideological Construct?|
|This article will deal with the family development at the Central part of the Balkans (Western Bulgaria, Eastern Serbia and Macedonia) during the second half of 19th and early 20th centuries. The research aims to observe changes in the basic concept on family development and in the social reality in different sources. Author uses historical data (excepted from different archive and statistic sources) and during ethnological fieldwork held by author from the last quarter of 20th century until 2007.
The main question is: Does the common model of “Balkan Family Pattern”, presented by the historical, ethnological, anthropological and demographical studies, exist? Whether this model (is) was universal and valid for all over the Balkans? How and why this patrilineal family model was developed as a “patriarchal” ideology? What is the reason it is rarely achievable as a social reality?|