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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 2/14/2016)