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Civil Society Revisited

Lessons from Poland

Edited by Kerstin Jacobsson and Elżbieta Korolczuk

372 pages, 5 figures, 10 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-551-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2017)

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In much social scientific literature, Polish civil society is all too often caricatured as weak and passive. This volume offers a much-needed corrective, challenging this characterization on both theoretical and empirical grounds. Focusing on forms of collective action that researchers too often ignore due to their theoretical and methodological blind spots, the studies gathered here show how certain forms of activism and claims are legitimized in public discourse as representing civil society proper, while others are unfairly dismissed. Taken together, they constitute a powerful critique of a model of civil society that is ‘made from above’ by elites, media, and public institutions.

Kerstin Jacobsson is Professor of Sociology at University of Gothenburg. Recent publications include Animal Rights Activism: A Moral-Sociological Perspective on Social Movements (co-authored with Jonas Lindblom, 2016) and the edited volume Urban Grassroots Movements in Central and Eastern Europe (2015).

Elżbieta Korolczuk works as a researcher at Södertörn University, Sweden, and teaches at the Krytyka Polityczna Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw. Recent publications include the volumes Dangerous Liaisons: Motherhood, Fatherhood and Politics (co-edited with Renata E. Hryciuk, 2015) and Rebellious Parents: Parental Movements in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia (co-edited with Katalin Fábián, 2017).

Series: Volume 9, Studies on Civil Society
Subject: Sociology Political Economy
Area: Central/Eastern Europe

BISAC: POL003000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Civics & Citizenship; POL029000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Public Policy/Social Policy; POL058000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/World/Europe

BIC: HPS Social & political philosophy; JPW Political activism




Contents

Introduction
Kerstin Jacobsson and Elżbieta Korolczuk

PART I: CIVIL SOCIETY IN CONTEMPORARY POLAND: MYTHS AND REALITIES

Chapter 1. Civil Society in Post-communist Europe – Poland in a Comparative Perspective
Grzegorz Ekiert and Jan Kubik

Chapter 2. (Mis)understanding Social Activism in Poland
Anna Giza

Chapter 3. Re-Thinking Civic Privatism in a Post-Socialist Context: Individualism and Personalization in Polish Civil Society Organizations
Kerstin Jacobsson

Chapter 4. Defining In/Defining Out. Civil Society Through the Lens of Elite NGOs
Katarzyna Jezierska

PART II: (DE)LEGITIMIZATION OF CIVIC ACTIVISM: NEW ACTORS AND MARGINALIZED GROUPS

Chapter 5. When Parents Become Activists. Exploring the Intersection of Civil Society and Family
Elżbieta Korolczuk

Chapter 6. On the Disappearing Mother. Political Motherhood, Citizenship and Neoliberalism in Poland
Renata Ewa Hryciuk

Chapter 7. Marginalizing Discourses and Activists’ Strategies in Collective Identity Formation: The Case of Polish Tenants’ Movement
Dominika V. Polanska

Chapter 8. Voice and Insecurity. Political Participation Among Members of the Precariat
Anna Kiersztyn

PART III: CIVIL SOCIETY MAKING: BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

Chapter 9. Between Tradition and Modernity: The Case of Rural Women’s Organizations in Poland
Ilona Matysiak

Chapter 10. Ethnic Bonding and Homing Desires: The Polish Diaspora and Civil Society Making
Gabriella Elgenius

Chapter 11. Mobilizing on the Extreme Right in Poland: Marginalization, Institutionalization and Radicalization
Daniel Platek and Piotr Plucienniczak

Conclusion: Empirical and Theoretical Lessons From the Volume
Kerstin Jacobsson and Elżbieta Korolczuk

Bibliography
Index

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