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At the gate of democracy

Author(s): Barna Bodó
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Scientia Kiadó
Keywords: democracy; Hungarian communities; ethnospora;
Summary/Abstract: The text is a revised version of the lecture presented at the conference entitled How local Hungarian communities outside the country's borders experienced the change of regime and how the change of regime in Hungary affected their lives. In such analysis, it must be taken into account the fact the fact the Hungarian minority in Romania has different socio-cultural conditions depending on the demographic weight. In areas where the Hungarians are a local majority, local administrative institutions contribute directly to their cultural life. In places, such as Timișoara, where there is an advanced minority, a so called ethnospora – to use a specific term from Hungarian scholarly literature – democracy brings new challenges, the preservation of Hungarian culture and identity, but also of other ethnic minorities is endangered by the continuous decrease of the local Hungarian/minority population and by the local socio-cultural changes. A conscious activity is needed to build the local Hungarian community, that requires help from both the Hungarian nation and those local communities, where the Hungarians live in majority, in Transylvania.

  • Page Range: 15-22
  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Language: Hungarian