Demographic Dynamics and Ethnic Classification: An Introduction to Societal Macro-Processes

  • Tamás Kiss
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter consists of two broader parts. The first discusses the macro-level demographic processes affecting the Hungarian community of Romania over the past century, including assimilation, ethnic differences in fertility and mortality, respectively, migratory processes, arguing that the negative trends in these domains are a consequence of the power asymmetries inherent in the nation-state. The second part starts from the assumption that censuses are inevitably political tools in the battle over the legitimate representation of social realities and provides an analysis of the processes of ethnic classification employed at the censuses, also discussing two important situations where census identification and everyday ethnic categorization do not necessarily fit, namely the case of Hungarian-speaking Roma and Csángós (Catholics of Hungarian origin) in the Moldova region of Romania.


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