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Class and Intellectual Politics: Some Notes on the Contexts of a New Intellectual Left in Hungary and Romania

Conference contribution
Authors Agnes Gagyi
Published in Spectrum of Communism - Symposium at Blinken OSA. Budapest: 16-17 november
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Sociology and Work Science
Language en
Subject categories Sociology


I argue that the contemporary wave of left mobilization among intellectuals in Hungary and Romania integrates in a cyclical pattern of middle class politics in the region, where phases of revolt and phases of integration into state structures follow each other, mobilized by the pressure of limited and state-based middle class development. From that perspective, the new intellectual orientation towards the left appears less as a direct political awakening to structural positions, but rather as a further case of middle-class politicization, where universal frames of historical visions projected from intellectual positions work as an element of intellectuals’ own reorientation of symbolic and material strategies. Speaking from the position of left convictions born within the same conditions, I join a broader discussion on potential connections between intellectual left politics and broader social alliances, a debate my panel interlocutors have significantly contributed to. Contrasting the cases of Hungary and Romania, I point at several relations where the meaning of left positions is defined by meso-levels of local constellations of systemic integration. Drawing out common characteristics of new left fields, I point out specific features of field dynamics that are related to situations where left politics are limited to investments of intellectual capital.

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