Four monuments and a funeral: established pathological mourning and collective memory in contemporary Hungary

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Abstract

In this chapter, I suggest that the rhetoric of the Hungarian far right largely resembles what Vamik Volkan has called Established Pathological Mourning. In such circumstances, mourning becomes extended, whereby an individual – or in the present case, a collective – cannot adaptively work through the loss of a loved object. Mourning rituals are extended, whereby the repetition of mourning is an attempt to ‘keep alive’ the lost object. Rather than being a recognition of loss, these complicated mourning rituals forestall the work of living on without the lost object. I suggest that, similar to the re-grief therapy that Volkan promotes, collective cultural mourning may offer an adaptive way forward in working through the issues of loss and control for a larger segment of a society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFomenting political violence
Subtitle of host publicationfantasy, language, media, action
EditorsSteffen Krugger, Karl Figlio, Barry Richards
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages189-218
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9783319975054
ISBN (Print)9783319975047
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in the psychosocial
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
ISSN (Print)2662-2629
ISSN (Electronic)2662-2637

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