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Constituting Ethnicity Through Discourses of Virginity and Marriage

  • Dorottya Rédai
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Abstract

In this chapter, Rédai explores how Gypsy and Hungarian ethnicity gets constituted through discourses of virginity and marriage in a gendered way. First, she reviews relevant concepts in Hungarian scholarship on Roma/Gypsy ethnicity and in international literature on race/ethnicity and whiteness. Then she reflects on how the ethnic subjectivities of her Gypsy respondents are constructed, how they draw group boundaries and personal ethnic identities discursively by setting up an intra-ethnic hierarchy. Then she enquires into how Gypsy and Hungarian ethnicity becomes constituted by discourses of virginity and marriage. She reflects on how neoliberal/postfeminist discourses on women’s choice and sexual agency influence her Gypsy respondents’ discourses and practices of ‘trading’ their virginity to ‘the right boy’ at the chosen time.

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  • Dorottya Rédai
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  1. 1.Department of Gender StudiesCentral European UniversityBudapestHungary

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