Negotiating Identity and Belonging After Regime Change: Hungarian Society and Roma in Post-Communist Hungary

  • Jekatyerina Dunajeva
Part of the Societies and Political Orders in Transition book series (SOCPOT)


Nation-building narratives under communism in Eastern Europe created certain conditions of belonging and national identity; this process was reversed after regime change, and with changing values, a “new” nation and a “new” society was shaped. By analyzing the situation of Roma in Hungary, this study reveals that post-communist Hungary, similar to other countries in the region, is increasingly a “nationalizing state”—an environment highly conducive to nationalism—where series of economic hardships have “deepened a racialization process.” In this chapter, I interrogate how the changing political and economic context—namely, the fusion of economic concerns and nationalist claims in contemporary Hungary—has significantly affected the identity and value system of Roma minority, necessitating new coping mechanisms.


Roma Belonging Post-socialist Hungary Identity Regime change 


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  • Jekatyerina Dunajeva
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  1. 1.Pázmány Péter Catholic UniversityBudapestHungary

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