Promises, Illusions, Ideologies

The Middle Class, Embourgeoisement and the Ideals Of Catching Up in Júlia Szalai’s Retrospective (Self-)Analysis

The review presents and criticizes the main claims of Júlia Szalai’s book published in 2020. It examines and critiques her views on the middle class and its (failing) embourgeoisement. It initiates a debate on the unsuccessful processes of Hungary’s modernization, its catching-up with the “west” and “Europe”, by challenging the fragmentary explanations of Júlia Szalai.

Released: Replika 125, 83–99.
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