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Symbolic traces of communist legacy in post-socialist Hungary : experiences of a generation that lived during the socialist era / by Lisa Pope Fischer.

Author/Creator:
Fischer, Lisa Pope, 1962- author.
Publication:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 217 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Central and Eastern Europe (Leiden, Netherlands) ; v. 7.
Central and Eastern Europe : regional perspectives in global context ; volume 7
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Subjects:
Post-communism -- Social aspects -- Hungary.
Communism and culture -- Hungary.
Hungarians -- Social life and customs.
Hungarians -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Older people -- Hungary -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Hungary -- Social conditions -- 1945-1989.
Hungary -- Social conditions -- 1989-.
Communism and culture.
Hungarians -- Social conditions.
Older people -- Social conditions.
Post-communism -- Social aspects.
Social conditions.
Hungary.
Summary:
In 'Symbolic Traces of Communist Legacy in Post-socialist Hungary', Lisa Pope Fischer shows how personal practices symbolically refurbish elements from the Communist era to fit present-day challenges. A generation who lived through the socialist period adapt to post-socialist Hungary in a global context. Life histories weave together case studies of gift giving, procurement strategies, harvest ritual, healthcare, and socialist kitsch to illustrate turns towards mysticism, neo-traditionalism, nostalgia, nationalism, and shifts in time-place. People's unrequited past longing for future possibilities of a Western society facilitate desires for a lost way of life. Not only does this work gain understanding of an aging population's life experiences and the politics of everyday practices, but also social change in a modern global world.
Contents:
Introduction : "A ghost in the city": reinterpretations of communist past in post-socialist Hungary
Globalized bonds: gift exchange, liminality, and embodiment
Renegotiating procurement strategies: elderly women applying procurement strategies of the socialist era to the post-socialist condition
Reclaiming folklore after communist era oppression: peasant folklore of the past asserted in the present
Culture of communist past within the healthcare system: reorganizing healthcare and a mystification of the body
"The kitschification of communist material culture: politics reinterpreted"
Afterword : re-interpretation of social change: "I am not political".
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9789004322110
9004322116
9789004328648
OCLC:
953708993