Most theories of radicalization focus on the birth of antidemocratic ideas, semantics, behavior patterns and organizations. However, such focus is one-sided: radicalization is as much about the forgetting of historical lessons and the weakening of a democratic consensus, as the spreading of populist ideas. A case study of public and private processes of memory transmission in Hungary reveals how the ambiguous relation to modernization affects political formation: the failures provoke populist reactions, while the successes result in political indifference. The combination of these two political cultures creates a dangerous compound including both the opportunity for the birth of antidemocratic semantics and their ignorance. The author analyzes the potential of such "incubation of radicalism" on a European survey.
The author analyzes the radicalization of political culture from a critical theoretical point of view. Firstly a qualitative case study introduces the parallel emergence of radicalism and indifference in Hungary. Secondly these patterns are analyzed on a European survey.
Contents: Central European experience of modernity - Identity crisis and memory transmittance - Memory vacuum, distortions of communication and deprivation from recognition in Hungary - Post-socialist radicalism and indifference - European patterns of political culture.
Peter Lang AG