Coping with Social Change: Life Strategies of Workers in Poland's New Capitalism

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Manual workers in Central and Eastern Europe are often perceived as disoriented victims of postsocialist transformation. But how can such assumptions―by sociologists as well as the general public―explain the diversity of the actual ways that workers cope with social change in the new capitalist reality?

To address this question Adam Mrozowicki turns to workers themselves, to their life strategies and personal experiences. He reconstructs the processes of adapting to and resisting structural changes in working-class milieus in Silesia, an industrial region of Poland. Through an in-depth analysis of 166 personal interviews with blue-collar workers, Mrozowicki reaches general conclusions. The workers rarely resemble the passive puppets of historical forces. Their ability to reflect upon their lives, upon their deeply ingrained moral ethos, and upon their social circumstances emerge as the foundation of their efforts to overcome socially imposed limitations.

Coping with Social Change is essential not only for readers interested in postsocialism and working-class theory, but also for anybody inclined to think critically about workers' empowerment in late capitalist societies.

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Adam Mrozowicki is lecturer at the Institute of Sociology, University of Wroclaw.

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"This is a very strong contribution to both the sociology of post-communist countries, and to the sociology of the working class. The theoretical framework is very rich and original."―Guglielmo Meardi, University of Warwick

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