The Asianization of national fantasies in Hungary: A critical analysis of political discourse

Moreh, Chris (2015) The Asianization of national fantasies in Hungary: A critical analysis of political discourse. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (3). pp. 341-353. ISSN 1460-356X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877915573781

Abstract

This article presents a critical analysis of the Hungarian government’s ‘Asian’ political discourse.
It argues that in the wake of the economic recession, Hungary became more radical in its turn towards Asia, promoting a discourse that goes beyond economic relations and touches on sentiments of national identity and belonging. Via a discourse-historical analysis of three interrelated discursive events, the article shows how economic, cultural and racial discourses are reinforcing one another in building on the myth of cultural and racial affinity with Inner Asia and the Far East. This process is similar to the Eurasianist discourse in Russia and other ex-Soviet republics, and may have serious social and geopolitical repercussions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asian Century, Asianization, discourse analysis, Hungary, national identity, political discourse, Turanism
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
L600 Anthropology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nicola King
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 13:38
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26927

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