The Ethnic Relations in the Macedonian Society Measured Through the Concept of Affective Social Distance
Asst. Prof. Kire Sharlamanov, Asst. Prof. Aleksandar Jovanoski
The research of certain aspects of coexistence of the members of different ethnic groups in contemporary societies implies more comprehensive scientific approach. Very often, the subject to sociologic interest in these sociocultural surroundings represents reflection of political and legal solutions. However, the interethnic relations are characterized by their own specialty, which is more significant in sociological researches. This work includes an attempt, by using the Bogardus scale, to measure the attractiveness and the social distance between different ethnic groups in the Macedonian society. Important variables in the research of this issue include the characteristic independence of the Republic from the former Yugoslav federation, the internal conflict from 2001 and the Ohrid Framework Agreement – which defined the political and constitutional system of the country. The analysis for locus operandi uses the Macedonian and the Albanian ethnic community as demographic, political and economically most important communities in Republic of Macedonia.
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