Boris GallobSlovenian associations in Graz since 1991(Slowenische Vereine in Graz seit 1991)The focal point of this diploma thesis is the ethnological analysis of three Slovenian associations that are registered in Graz and their development in view of their activities since 1991. The researched associations are: the ?Artikel-VII-Kulturverein für Steiermark ? Pavelhaus?, the ?Klub slowenischer Studentinnen und Studenten in Graz? and the ?Verein Österreichisch-Slowenische Freundschaft?.For a long time association research didn?t find any consideration in the ethnological canon. But ever since a paradigm shift in the 1960s there has been increased consideration of this topic.The detailed discussion of eleven performed interviews represents the major part of this diploma thesis. The interviews? focus is on the members? general association activity, the associations? conceptual orientation and on questions about the informants? identity. All these partial components helped form an overall view of the researched associations. What?s important about the researched associations is that they appeal to different sections of the population, by mainly cultural work.In addition, by surveying important publications and the statutes of each association, it is tried to describe their activities in different areas.Theories about questions of identity and ethnicity are clarified in a separate chapter. They are illustrated with examples from the interviews.In order to portray the researched associations from another perspective, their functions such as sociality, privateness and trust, estrangement and identity, solidarity and subsidiarity, integration, political function, dysfunction, are analyzed on the basis of the available material. Important about this is, that the mentioned functions can be present in different combinations and quite different forms.