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The centuries-old debate over whether certain countries belong to the East or the centre of Europe has fairly little to do with geography. In this Gagarin podcast episode, anthropologist Iván Kalmár discusses privilege, race and cultural hegemony.
Editor-in-chief, Réka Kinga Papp, talks to Iván Kalmár, whose recent article for Eurozine forms the basis of the discussion. This episode has a longer, extended version available only to Eurozine Patrons. You can become a patron by pledging as little as €5 a month on Patreon, or via SmartRaise in the widget below.
Published 11 April 2023
Original in English
First published by Eurozine
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It would have taken a miracle for Viktor Orbán to lose the election. Hungary is a fortified kleptocracy where the ruling party has captured the state and controls 80% of the media. It certainly didn’t help that the opposition’s campaign failed to deliver a post-illiberal vision.