The nature of the Saxon dilemma should now be clear. It should be stressed that this dilemma has not been brought about by official Romanian ideology and policy concerning minorities. Quite to the contrary, it is largely because of positive measures that recognize the integrity of the minorities that the Saxons, although now very small in number, continue to exist. It is the factor of continuing outmigration that throws the plan for peaceful “cohabitation” and mutual respect between Saxons and Romanians into question and acts as a check on full Saxon participation in Romanian society. Therefore, the envisioned stable, complementary coexistence of the different cultural traditions has not been achieved.
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Marilyn McArthur studies anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
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McArthur, M. The Saxon Germans: Political fate of an ethnic identity. Dialect Anthropol 1, 349 (1975). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00244597
- Ethnic Identity
- Minority Language
- Group Solidarity
- German Identity
- Ethnic Relation