Hungarian Peasant Studies

Bela C. Maday, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences


I have chosen to discuss some aspects of peasant studies "because they constitute the focal point of interest of Hungarian ethnology and because vanishing peasant subculture constitutes a subject for urgent anthropological study.

The first section of this paper will be devoted to a discussion of some fundamental changes which characterize peasant culture, the second section to a discussion of some of the methods which have been applied to recent peasant studies by Hungarian ethnologists.