Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation: Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia / Edition 1

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Overview

Post-communist transformation in the former Soviet bloc has had a profound effect, not just in the political and economic sphere, but on all aspects of life. Although a great deal has been written about transformation, much of it has been about transformation viewed from the top, and little has been written about how things have changed for ordinary people at the local level.
This book, based on extensive original research, examines the changes resulting from transformation at the local level in the form Czechoslovakia. It considers especially local democracy, social movements, and work collectives, and paints a picture of people gradually growing in self-confidence and taking more control of their communities, having lived for decades in a framework where so much was directed from the top.
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Table of Contents

List of tables
Notes on contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Transformation as modernisation: sociological readings of post-communist lifeworlds 1
2 Civil society and political parties in the Czech Republic 19
3 Civic Forum and Public Against Violence: agents for community self-determination? Experiences of local actors 41
4 The development of the environmental non-governmental movement in Slovakia: the Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists 92
5 Dual identity and/or 'bread and butter': electronics industry workers in Slovakia 1995-2000 105
6 The democratisation of industrial relations in the Czech Republic - work organisation and employee representation: case studies from the electronics industry 126
7 Local community transformation: the Czech Republic 1990-2000 143
8 Civic potential as a differentiating factor in the development of local communities 161
9 Group strategies of local communities in Slovakia facing social threats 184
10 Conclusion: the narrativisation of social transformation 206
Index 221
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