My ongoing research looks at post socialist Hungarian society from a global perspective as a way to address concerns regarding identity (gender, ethnic, national), issues of power and agency, the social construction of time and space, and the politics of difference and social inequities. I am analyzing constructions of identity and difference to explain the interrelationship between the socio-political context, globalization, and social practice. I am looking at symbolic expressions of identity through everyday practices and the social, political, economic context in which they are taking place. My recent research focuses on issues related to the impact of societal change on elderly Hungarian women. This is important for understanding culture and power. This is important for understanding how average citizens make sense of their world in a rapidly changing context. My methods include participant observation, visual anthropology, and person-centered life histories.
Prof. L. Pope Fischer