A Society Transformed

Hungary in Time-Space Perspective
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300 pages

In the past half-century every Central and East European society has been twice subject to transformation. Initially, Hungary was transformed by communist-style modernization, increasing industry, expanding secondary education and improving health. The second shock was the collapse of the communist regime and the introduction of democratic institutions and a market economy. How much or how little impact has institutional change had on the lives of ordinary people?

Drawing on detailed surveys, highlighted in tables and figures, the authors identify long-term changes in Hungary from the late 1940s to the late 1980s and provide an in-depth analysis of the impact of the collapse of the communist system in the 1990s. They also compare long-term and short-term change in Hungary with trends in other Central and Eastern European countries.


Chapter 1: Long-term modernization of Hungarian society

Chapter 2: Population: birth, marriage and death

Chapter 3: Denomination and religious practice

Chapter 4: The scope of the state and private sectors

Chapter 5: The post-communist economic elite

Chapter 6: Middle strata in transformation

Chapter 7: Consciousness of inequality

Chapter 8: Welfare programs and the alleviation of poverty

Chapter 9: Dissatisfaction and alienation

Chapter 10: Parties and social divisions

Chapter 11: The long and short of transformation in Central Europe

"The book could be a useful resource for those searching for sociological data to support claims about recent economic transformations in Hungary."
"Anyone with an interest in the development of society will obtain many ideas from this book and will be rewarded with an understanding of the effect of the fall of the communist regime in Hungary in the context of other changes."