Movement of the People
Hungarian Folk Dance, Populism, and Citizenship
Published by: Indiana University Press
316 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 21 b&w illus., 3 maps
- ISBN: 9780253057839
- Published: August 2021
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 (táncház) that sustains myriad events where folk dance is central and championed by international enthusiasts and UNESCO. Contextualizing táncház 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.
Introduction: The Aesthetic Nation
1. Making the Nation-State in 19th and 20th Century Hungary
2. What Kind of Nation? Folk National Cultivation in the Interwar Period
3. Socialist Cultural Management, Civic Cultivation, and Associational Life in Late Socialism
4. The Táncház Revolution: Reviving Folk Dance As Social Dance
5. Folk Dance as Mother Tongue: National Conduct and The Production of Collective Memory
6. Socialist State Formation, Táncház Frameworks of Sense, and the Origins of the Postsocialist Cultural Turn
7. The Place of Heritagization: Culture Talk amid Shifting Property and Citizenship Regimes