This paper gives a sociological analysis of Transylvanian hungarian youth organizations. The author, Gergely Barna – consultant of the Executive Presidium of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania – attempts to describe the functions and characteristics of these groups from the perspective of organizational sociology, and to reveal the sociological characteristics of the dimensions determining this sphere. One of his main conclusions is that the organizational sphere of the youth is constituted by loose networks, but the communication between the organizations that form this network is very strong. The structure of the network is a hierarchical one, with conciliatory boards on the different levels and national umbrella organizations on the top. However, the network is more dense at the local level, with cooperations and partnerships with other organizations and institiutions – especially with “grown-up” civil organizations, the churches and the DAHR.

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