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Radicalism and indifference

Memory transmission, political formation and modernization in Hungary and Europe

Domonkos Sik

Most theories of radicalization focus on the birth of antidemocratic ideas, semantics, behavior patterns and organizations. However, such focus is one-sided: radicalization is as much about the forgetting of historical lessons and the weakening of a democratic consensus, as the spreading of populist ideas. A case study of public and private processes of memory transmission in Hungary reveals how the ambiguous relation to modernization affects political formation: the failures provoke populist reactions, while the successes result in political indifference. The combination of these two political cultures creates a dangerous compound including both the opportunity for the birth of antidemocratic semantics and their ignorance. The author analyzes the potential of such «incubation of radicalism» on a European survey.

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Radicalism and indifference Memory transmission, political formation and modernization in Hungary and Europe Domonkos Sik Radicalism and indifference Domonkos Sik Si k Ra di ca li sm a nd i nd if fe re nc eMost theories of radicalization focus on the birth of antidemocratic ideas, semantics, behavior patterns and organizations. However such focus is one-sided: radicalization is as much about the forgetting of historical lessons and the weakening of a demo- cratic consensus, as the spreading of populist ideas. A case study of public and private processes of memory transmission in Hungary reveals how the ambiguous relation to modernization affects political formation: the failures provoke populist reactions, while the successes result in political indifference. The combination of these two political cultures creates a dangerous compound including both the opportunity for the birth of antidemocratic semantics and their ignorance. The author analyzes the potential of such “incubation of radicalism” on a European survey. The Author Domonkos Sik is sociologist and philosopher, working as an assistant professor at the University Eötvös Loránd in Budapest. His researches focus on critical theories of modernization and political formation in post-transition countries. www.peterlang.comISBN 978-3-631-67417-8 Radicalism and indifference Memory transmission, political formation and modernization in Hungary and Europe Domonkos Sik Radicalism and indifference Domonkos Sik Si k Ra di ca li sm a nd i nd if fe re nc eMost theories of radicalization focus on the birth of antidemocratic ideas, semantics, behavior patterns and organizations. However such focus is one-sided: radicalization is...

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