Podgorecki presents his own participant observation of the political and organizational pressures that were exerted upon sociologists to produce dogmatically proper results to give a false diagnosis of social reality. He analyzes the roles of Polish sociologists as dissenters, observers, conformists, or eager agents of the rapid and imposed changes designed to bring about an alien communist utopia. Podgorecki synthesizes data pertinent to social changes during the period of real socialism and the new system of formal and informal stratification mainly based on the access to formal power and its shadow counterparts.
Finally, he discusses the social stratum of the intelligentsia, considered to be the vital link between the worker-based phenomenon of Solidarity and the traditional Polish ethos, and their intricate alliance that generated the sparks of the inflammatory revolution that changed the face of Europe. Recommended for scholars and students of sociology, political science, and East European studies.
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About the Author
ADAM PODGORECKI is Professor of Sociology at Carleton University and Warsaw University. He is the author of many articles and more than 20 books published in Poland, Britain, and the United States, including the recent Social Oppression (Greenwood, 1993).
Table of Contents
The "Socialist" and Post-Socialist Scholar in Social Sciences
An Analysis of the Social Structure of Polish Society (Before 1989)
Theory of Polish Society
An Inflammatory Revolution (1989-90)
Polish Post-Totalitarianism (1989-92)
Conclusions: A Wasted Theoretical Chance? (1945-92)