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Identity Politics under National Communist Rule: the Rhetoric Manifestations of Nicolae Ceauşescu's "Nationality Policy" in 1970s Romania

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Andriescu, Monica

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Abstract This article aims to identify and analyze the variations of Nicolae Ceauşescu’s rhetoric concerning the ”co-inhabiting nationalities” during the 1970s as a legitimacy-seeking gambit. The article argues that two of the key explanatory variables that influenced the escalation of anti-minority discourse and measures were the Romanian-Hungarian interstate relations and the resistance of the ethnic Hungarians in Romania to aggressively assimilationist strategies. This analysis is inscribed into a wider field of research (Critical Discourse Analysis), and is aimed at ascertaining political discourse as a key generator and projector of political-societal developments and determinant of identity formation.
Keywords communism; rhetoric; Hungarian; minority; Romania; assimilation; national identity; cultural identity; identity formation; nationalism; bilateral relations; minority policy; nationalities question
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; General History
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 105-117
Journal Studia Politica : Romanian Political Science Review, 9 (2009) 1
ISSN 1582-4551
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works