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Reshaping Poland’s Community after Communism

Ordinary Celebrations

Authors: Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

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  • Offers insights into the democratic transformation of Poland through examinations of the day-to-day lives of "ordinary people"
  • Contextualizes Polish examples with ‘Western’ cases to analyze the influence of the West on Polish cultural development since 1989 
  • Holds value for scholars working in a range of disciplines including cultural sociology, political sociology, political science, social anthropology, transformation studies, religion, and culture and media studies, among other areas
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Harnessing a cultural sociological approach to explore transformations in key social spheres in post-1989 Poland, Chmielewska-Szlajfer illuminates shifts in religiosity, sympathy towards others, and civic activity in post-Communist Poland in the light of Western influence over elements of Polish life.

Reshaping Poland’s Community after Communism focuses on three major cases, largely ignored in Polish scholarship: (1) a hugely popular, faux-baroque Catholic shrine, which illustrates new strategies adopted by the Polish Catholic Church to attract believers; (2) Woodstock Station, a widely known free charity music festival, demonstrating new practices of sympathy towards strangers; and (3) the emergence of national internet pro-voting campaigns and small-town watchdog websites, which uncover changes in practical uses of civic engagement. 

In exploring grass-roots, everyday negotiations of religiosity, charity, and civic engagement in contemporary Poland, Chmielewska-Szlajfer demonstrates how a country’s cultural changes can suggest wider, dramatic democratic transformation. 

 

About the authors

Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer is Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, Poland.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

  • Licheń Sanctuary: Practicing Aspirations of the Polish Church Community

    Pages 17-78

    Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

  • Woodstock Station Festival: Practicing Recognition

    Pages 79-123

    Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

  • National Internet Pro-voting Campaigns and Local Watchdog Websites: Practicing Civil Society Online

    Pages 125-179

    Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

  • Conclusion: Ordinary Celebrations in a “Pluralistic Situation”

    Pages 181-185

    Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Helena

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reshaping Poland’s Community after Communism
Book Subtitle
Ordinary Celebrations
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78735-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78735-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78734-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08774-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 191
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
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