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Authors:Krisztina Rácz: Univesity of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication title:Feels Like Home Again: The ‘Balkanness’ of Hungarians from Vojvodina in Hungary
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:045
Abstract:’Balkan music’ is well known in Hungary, as everywhere in Central and Western Europe, but often not as much to those who actually come from the region that produces this style. Many Hungarian students from Vojvodina, Serbia who study in Budapest have either never heard of this music before, or have expressed a negative opinion about it, but upon their arrival to Hungary a lot of them get converted to the ’Balkan ideology’: they attend Balkan parties, consume so-called Balkan popular cultural products and identify with a ’Balkan’ community.

After a brief discussion of the Vojvodina Hungarians in the context of the discourses of multiculturalism, ’Otherness’ and ’Balkanness’, this paper explores the process of this conversion and the socio-cultural motives of the old/new identification. The paper argues for the existence of ambiguous identities that can at the same time be strongly Hungarian and obviously Balkan. To understand it, I call for a complex view on ethnic identification taking into account the flexibility and playfulness of cultural identification. The paper looks at identity formation from various angles, from theories of internalizing ‘Balkanness’ to social stigmatization and social capital. Combining empirical data with post-structural theory, this research aims at explaining the nonexclusivity of Hungarian and Balkan identities of Vojvodina Hungarians living in Hungary more generally it explores the nature of multiple identities.

No. of pages:11
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Krisztina Rácz (2011). Feels Like Home Again: The ‘Balkanness’ of Hungarians from Vojvodina in Hungary, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011;article=045 (accessed 9/20/2014)