Demand-side abundance and its discontents in Hungary during the long
and its consolidation can be traced and shown in the mirror of its
criticalreception by several shades of Kádár-era Hungary’s cultural
and intellectual life. In the rest of this chapter, I present and discuss
only two distinct streams of criticalreception of the advent of
consumerism and demand-side abundance in Communist Hungary.
First, I present the contemporary satirical mirror held to advances
of consumerism in Hungarian society by the cartoons published in
the weekly satirical magazine, Ludas Matyi, in the first seven years
of János Kádár
questions about power, as well as looking at fresh figurations not normally
examined as civilisations. Arnason for one is receptive to suggestions of further revision. In his view, civilisational analysis cannot exhaust understanding
(Arnason, 2010) and ‘should not be mistaken for an attempt to subsume everything under civilisational categories’ (2011b: 117). When couched in these
terms, civilisational analysis appears responsive to criticisms from within and
from without. There is a small criticalreception of Arnason’s work. A number of the criticisms
civilisational level (see also Unay and Senel, 2009), Cox’s axiomatic comments are a significant contribution from the political sciences to the paradigm
of civilisational analysis. They have not gone unnoticed and not escaped criticalreception. The detractors cannot be addressed here, excepting one observation.
Cox’s advanced theory of international political economy is the most striking
attempt to marry civilisational analysis and a version of Marxism, and none of
the critics address this aspect of Cox’s work.
Cox’s vision of a pluri-civilisational normative global order
Individuality, identification and multidirectional memorialisation in post-genocide Rwanda
(Abingdon: Routledge, 2013), p. 2.
2 J. Kristeva, Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (New York: Columbia
University Press, 1984), p. 1.
3 Ibid., p. 3.
4 See P. Gourevitch, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be
Killed with Our Families (London: Picador, 2000). This book enjoyed
a warm criticalreception. Gourevitch was awarded the National Book
Critics Circle Award, the George Polk Book Award, the Los Angeles
Times Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the PEN/Martha
Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, among many others. The concern that some