Tradition, National Identity, and Discrimination in Hungary: Challenging Fundamental Rights through the Expectations they Create (virtual panel)

The Hungarian ruling coalition values tradition, retrieving it in areas that affect the private and public spheres through political narratives implemented by law. Even though the “recovered” tradition shapes a collective imagination and a normative framework that are extremely conservative, it contributes to social change in an illiberal sense. Hungarian law and political narratives intercept widespread malaise and increase discrimination against minorities already at risk. Moving from a model of social regulation recognized by the Constitution, they establish a link between the family and the nation, and introduce bans on the registration of gender change and the promotion of LGBT contents. They also construct the target of migrants and use Christianity as an ethno-identity component. The ruling coalition openly rejects but also utilizes the liberal fundamental rights narrative. Hungarian narratives politically “exploit” the expectations it creates among citizens.