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Zmiany przestrzeni symbolicznej
Symbolic Space Changes

Author(s): Péter Portörö
Subject(s): Politics and society, Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury
Keywords: Hungary; renaming of streets and squares; denomination; Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Summary/Abstract: The naming and renaming of public places/spaces has been playing a substantial role in relation to cultural, political symbols. A process of renaming public squares and streets has arisen in Hungary during recent years, akin to the political changes of 1989-1990. This process is primarily generated by right-wing parties, seeking connections with the conservative historical ideology of the period preceding the Second World War. It can also be seen as a process of eliminating the remains of socialism. After the change in government, for various reasons, a removal of “surviving” persons or concepts began. The current renaming process also symbolizes the economic, political and cultural preferences of the new establishment. After changes in the law after the governmental elections of 2010, new legal regulations provided the local authorities with the opportunity to request expert opinions from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to determine if a denomination can stay or if should it disappear.

  • Issue Year: XXX/2014
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 80-91
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish