Dance Populism: The Potato Principle and the New Hungarian Dance Craze

  • László Kürti


Dance populism in essence refers to the presence of the political and ideological in dance and dance events with nativist as well as nationalist agendas to support governmental or state directives. Institutionalized as the dance-house in the mid-1970s, dance populism illustrates the shifts in thinking about the Hungarian nation, rekindling interests in Christian fundamentalism and a mythic folkloric vision of the peasantry. By analyzing the history and transformation of Hungarian dance-house, an alternative social movement at first but now a major force of the heritage industry, we are provided a unique anthropological insight into present-day Hungarian politics, national identity and culture.


Dance Revival Fundamentalism Transylvania Populist myths 


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  • László Kürti
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  1. 1.Institute of Applied Social SciencesUniversity of MiskolcMiskolcHungary

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