Movement of the People: Hungarian Folk Dance, Populism, and Citizenship (New Anthropologies of Europe) By Mary N. Taylor Cover Image
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Since 1990, thousands of Hungarians have vacationed at summer camps devoted to Hungarian folk dance in the Transylvanian villages of neighboring Romania. This folk tourism and connected everyday practices of folk dance revival take place against the backdrop of an increasingly nationalist political environment in Hungary.

In Movement of the People, Mary N. Taylor takes readers inside the folk revival movement known as dancehouse (t nch z) that sustains myriad events where folk dance is central and championed by international enthusiasts and UNESCO. Contextualizing t nch z in a deeper history of populism and nationalism, Taylor examines the movement's emergence in 1970s socialist institutions, its transformation through the postsocialist period, and its recent recognition by UNESCO as a best practice of heritage preservation.

Approaching the populist and popular practices of folk revival as a form of national cultivation, Movement of the People interrogates the everyday practices, relationships, institutional contexts, and ideologies that contribute to the making of Hungary's future, as well as its past.

About the Author

Mary N. Taylor is Assistant Director at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780253057839
ISBN-10: 0253057833
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2021
Pages: 316
Language: English
Series: New Anthropologies of Europe