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Discourse and Ethnic Identity. The Case of the Serbs from Hungary

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Marija Ilić

Discourse, narrative, and identity are some of the most frequently employed concepts in the contemporary humanities. It is their dialectical relationship, in particular, which has been a focus of scholarly attention for quite some time. This book explores some of the complex relations between oral discourse and ethnicity by using the example of the Serbian minority in Hungary. The power and powerlessness of discourse in negotiating identity are examined through a case study of a small Serbian community near Budapest. The study is of interest to those who are concerned with theoretical issues related to discourse and ethnicity, as well as to scholars of national minorities and minority languages in Eastern and Central Europe.

THEORY AND METHOD: DISCOURSE, NARRATIVE, IDENTITY - THE SERBS IN HUNGARY: A MINORITY COMMUNITY - THE SZIGETCSÉP COMMUNITY AND FIELDWORK - ETHNIC NARRATIVE IDENTITY IN SZIGETCSÉP - DISCOURSE AND ETHNIC IDENTITY: CONCLUSION