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Fodor, Eva. “Orbánistan and the Anti-gender Rhetoric in Hungary.” In The Gender Regime of Anti-Liberal Hungary, pp. 1-27. Palgrave Pivot, Cham, 2022.


This chapter introduces Hungary’s anti-liberal political rule and its gender regime. It traces policy changes in Hungary since 2010, discusses the legacies of the state socialist gender regimes and the formation of a new, anti-liberal one. I introduce the term “carefare” and discuss how the concept of “gender” has been deployed by Hungarian politicians to legitimate an increase in women’s unpaid care burden and their lack of attention to gender inequality in the labor market. I end the chapter with a description of my research methods and provide an outline for the rest of the book.

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