Crossing is Forbidden. Introduction [to the thematic section.] Cover Image

Tiltott határátlépés. Bevezető.
Crossing is Forbidden. Introduction [to the thematic section.]

Author(s): Attila Melegh
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Replika Alapítvány
Keywords: verbal representations of Eastern Europe; Center Europe; Eastern Europe; East-West dichotomy; Latin-America; social discrimination; Roma population

Summary/Abstract: The Introduction by Attila Melegh sets up connections between different representation strategies and argues that there are different periphery techniques in handling the representation of Eastern Europe as the twilight zone of the West. The idea of Central Europe is a framework which Easternises certain areas of the former Eastern Europe. This idea contains elements of self-defeat due to the mechanic use of the East-West dichotomy. A somewhat similar dual strategy can be observed in the Latin-America epresentation of Spanish and Portugese encyclopedias, in which the Spanish and Portuguese colonisers are idealised while the natives are rejected. This rejection is remarkable even in comparison with the racist representation of Anglo-Saxon encyclopaedias. The Introduction argues that such a periphery mechanism can also be seen in the cognitive handling of one of the „Roma” scandals in Hungary.

  • Issue Year: 2001
  • Issue No: 43-44
  • Page Range: 109-112
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Hungarian