Muzeul Naţional al Satului „Dimitrie Gusti” “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum
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10-11 / 2014
A review: Ethno-sociological studies by Dumitru Cristian Amzăr, 2013
Dumitru Cristian Amzăr is connected with the Sociological School of Bucharest led by Professor Dimitrie Gusti, and the research in the interwar period in the rural world. D.C. Amzăr participated in three monographic campaigns at Drăguş (1929), Runcu (1930) and Cornova (1931). D.C. Amzăr together with Ernest Bernea, Ion Ionică and I. Samarineanu creates in the middle of Bucharest Sociological School a legionary dissent. This monographist group have become members of the Legionnaire Movement. Legionnaires opposed King Charles II, who was the protector of Professor Dimitrie Gusti. Amzar also opposed to the research methods used by Gusti and his disciples. In the early of 30s D.C. Amzăr followed a series of in-depth courses in ethnology and sociology in Germany, and since 1937 lived more in Berlin. He entered the diplomacy, serving as cultural and press attaché of the Romanian Legation. After the war Amzăr continued his life and scientific work in Germany. He was a university lecturer at the Romanian Language and Literature Department of the University of Munich and professor of Philosophy at Wiesbaden. He obtained in 1958 his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Mainz with the dissertation: Der Walachische Fremdenroman Johann Friedrich Mayers. Dinu Amzăr, the son of the sociologist, and Dora Mezdrea returned for the Romanian readers a number of books like Jurnal berlinez (Journal from Berlin) and Rânduiala, legea lăsată lumii de Dumnezeu (Order, law inherited by the world from God). Part of this restitution process of Amzăr writings is also represented by the new volume of the Eikon publishing house, Studii etno-sociologice (Ethno-sociological studies). This volume includes all sociological and ethnographical studies and articles published by Amzăr and some original works, written in Germany, during his exile.
Keywords: Sociological School from Bucharest, Legionnaire Movement, monographic research