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THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF OIKONYMS. THE TERRITORIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE REORGANISATION OF THE ROMANIAN STATE BY DECREE NO. 799/1964 (English version)

Ovidiu-Constantin Craiu ()
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Ovidiu-Constantin Craiu: Universitatea din Bucuresti, Facultatea de Sociologie si Asistenta sociala

Revista Romana de Sociologie, 2012, vol. 1-2, 115-132

Abstract: This article provides a comparative approach, from a psycho-social perspective, of the change of locality names. Two long periods were analysed: the Communist dictatorship period and the period following the 1989 events. By using the case study and social document review methods, we proved that oikonyms have a polymorphic social structure. In the last part of the article, we showed the current social trends with respect to the renaming of human settlements. From a theoretical point of view, the study is founded on the social memory theories.

Keywords: toponym; oikonym; memory; social memory; locality name; collective memory; Decree No 799/1964 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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