Dynamics of Class and Stratification in Poland
This book is about long-term changes to class and inequality in Poland. Drawing upon major social surveys, the team of authors from the Polish Academy of Sciences offer the rare comprehensive study of important changes to the social structure from the communist era to the present.
The core argument is that, even during extreme societal transformations, key features of social life have long-lasting, stratifying effects. The authors analyse the core issues of inequality research that best explain "who gets what and why:" social mobility, status attainment and their mechanisms, with a focus on education, occupation, and income. The transition from communist political economy to liberal democracy and market capitalism offers a unique opportunity for scholars to understand how people move from one stratifi cation regime to the next.
There are valuable lessons to be learned from linking past to present. Classic issues of class, stratification, mobility, and attainment have endured decades of radical social change. These concepts remain valid even when society tries to eradicate them.
About the Authors
Irina Tomescu-Dubrow is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.
Kazimierz M. Slomczynski is Professor Dr. Hab. at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN), and Emeritus Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University (OSU). He directs the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training program (CONSIRT) of OSU and PAN.
Henryk Domański is Professor of Sociology in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology in Polish Academy of Sciences and Head of the Department of Social Structure Research and Department of Studies on Methods and Techniques of Sociological Research.
Joshua K. Dubrow is a Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.
Zbigniew Sawiński is a Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences.
Dariusz Przybysz is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and a member of European Social Survey Team in Poland.
"This book is essential reading not only for those interested in class stratification and social inequalities but also for all students of social change. Poland is the birthplace of Solidarity-led peaceful revolution and systemic transformation from state socialism to highly etatist capitalism. It illustrates very well the fascinating changes in general patterns of social advantage and disadvantage that have accompanied these changes. Understanding these complex patterns—and the dynamic of stratification caused by combined forces of the expanding capitalist market and political allocation—are crucial for understanding social conflicts and change in all post-socialist societies, as well as the emergent divisions in the European Union. The strength of the book lies in both the academic reputation of the authors-contributors who are the leading scholars of stratification in CEE, and in the rich empirical materials mustered by the authors and presented in a clear and accessible way."—Jan Pakulski
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