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A Thematic Issue about Central and Eastern European Societies

Zuzana Reptova Novakova and Laurent van der Maesen

conservative than many western European societies. For both ruling parties, appeals to family values are popular with their rural, older voter base. But evocations of traditional values also create a narrative that obscures the true nature of the showdown with

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Sociocultural Change in Hungary

A Politico-Anthropological Approach

Ferenc Bódi and Ralitsa Savova


Although Hungary joined the European Union in 2004, it seems that it has not yet been able to catch up with its Western European neighbors socioeconomically. The reasons for this are numerous, including the fact that this former historical region (Kingdom of Hungary), today the sovereign state of Hungary, has a specific sociocultural image and attitude formed by various historical events. And the nature of these events can explain why Hungary's economic development and overarching political narrative differ so markedly from Western Europe. The aim of this article is to present the unique location of Hungary in the context of Central and Eastern Europe, and to address such factors as urbanization and industrialization, migration, population, politics, economic development, and social values crisis. We argue that these factors, including the European status quo that emerged after 1945, have influenced the existing sociopolitical, socioeconomic, and sociocultural differences between Hungary and Western European EU states.

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Ian Mahoney and Tony Kearon

places like Stoke-on-Trent face have ultimately fed into the national vote to leave the EU. Given that the narratives underpinning this article predate the vote, we do not intend to argue that they show that “Brexit” was either inevitable or predictable

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Gracjan Cimek

countries of Central and Eastern Europe assumed the functions of the semi-periphery of the world-system in its European dimension ( Berend 1996 ; Błasiak 2013 ; Zarycki 2016b ). According to the assumption of critical realism, a narrative may hide the

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Four Dimensions of Societal Transformation

An Introduction to the Problematique of Ukraine

Zuzana Novakova

the earlier anti-terrorist operation and transforming the military/civilian command chain. The conflict is further intertwined with an information war, in which Ukrainian and Russian elites and media provide competing narratives, villainizing the other

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Singing with Dignity

Adding Social Quality to Organization Studies on Aging

Prabhir Vishnu Poruthiyil

The example that follows is based on narratives of adult singers belonging to an amateur musical choir at an amateur arts center called the Koorenhuis in the Netherlands. The Koorenhuis is located in the center of the city of The Hague; its seventeenth

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The Social Consequences of Brexit for the UK and Europe

Euroscepticism, Populism, Nationalism, and Societal Division

Steve Corbett

called upon as an idealized conception of an imagined past, which has since been weakened or destroyed by enemies of “the people,” providing populists with a narrative of crisis for their “reluctant” political action ( Taggart 2004 ). Important in all

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Building Dignity?

Tracing Rights, Discretion, and Negotiation within a Norwegian Labor Activation Program

Erika Gubrium, Leah Johnstone, and Ivar Lødemel

welfare histories into reintegration narratives when presenting them to potential employers. Such recognition and negotiation work helped to pave the way toward employment. One such participant, a Norwegian man with previous but severely outdated work

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

personal capacity. Relevant are residents’ feelings about the consequences of newcomers (immigration) in their communities. Their narratives demonstrate a sense of disenfranchisement from and disillusionment with politics, strengthening their feeling of

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Support for a Populist Government in Poland

A Few Notes about Its Economic and Cultural Divides

Michał Gulczyński

people.” Polarization through Language and Narrative When PO and PiS—despite previous announcements—did not form a coalition in 2005, they both started using polarization as their political strategy ( Zybała 2019 ). As a result, the Polish party