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This article is envisaged as an introduction to the problem matter dealt with in the sketches
collected in this volume. The scope o f questions considered comprehended three dimensions
recognised by the authors as basic in the cultural identity, i.e. the feeling of separateness and the
altitude to outsiders (the dimension „us — them”), a complex of fundamental values, their
hierarchic order together with „validating” systems, the dimension of „social memory”. Research
was implemented in the classical convention of field monography.
The empirical material collected using the method of freely conducted interviews with
intentionally selected respondents, was analysed in the frame-work of the overall social-cultural
context reconstructed on the basis of the observations of the participating person, searches in
official documents, field searches and talks with social experts.