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The Polish middle class

Author: Henryk Domański; Patrycja Poniatowska
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2015] ©2015
Series: Studies in social sciences, philosophy and history of ideas, v. 13.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book discusses the viability of "importing" the middle class to Poland. The 1990s were a step forward in the formation of the Polish middle class and, systematically yet barely discernible in daily life, the process was triggered by an increase in consumption and affluence. However, the changes of attitudes, life goals and value systems distinct for the Western middle class are ambiguous and rather slow in  Read more...
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Domański, Henryk.
Polish middle class
(DLC) 2015007524
(OCoLC)904905096
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Henryk Domański; Patrycja Poniatowska
ISBN: 9783653043495 3653043492
OCLC Number: 910845620
Language Note: In English, translated from the Polish.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Table of Contents; Introduction; Chapter I:"The Heartening Myth; What Is the Middle Class?; The Middle Class and Its Psychological Role; Negative Aspects; Chapter II:"Consumption, Affluence, New Style and New Structures ; Directions of Changes; Style; What Could Not Happen in the USA: Controversies around Enfranchisement ; Chapter III:"Self-Reliance: 1984-1998; Individualism on a Decline ; Has Self-Reliance Become a More Important Dimension of the Social Hierarchy? ; Sources of Dejection ; Chapter IV:"Aspirations and Value Systems; Tolerance; Restrictiveness. Backing for the Market Rules Aspirations and Social Status: Poland's Alignment with the Universal Trend; Conclusions; Chapter V:"The Old Intelligentsia vs. the New Middle Class; Old Problems vis-à-vis the Political Shift ; The Managerial Intelligentsia; The Civil Service ; The Professions; The Intelligentsia in the Budget Sector; Conclusion; Chapter VI:"The Upper Class; Attributes of the Upper Class: Wealth; Attributes of the Upper Class: Authority and Power; Attributes of the Upper Class: Social Origin; The Polish Upper Class; The Ruling Class. Conclusion:"Prospects for the Middle-Class Society in PolandBibliography; Index of Names.
Series Title: Studies in social sciences, philosophy and history of ideas, v. 13.
Other Titles: Polska klasa średnia.
Responsibility: Henryk Domanski ; translated by Patrycja Poniatowska.

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The book surveys changes in the occupational structure, income distribution, value systems, lifestyles and attitudes which have spurred the rise of the middle class in Poland after the political turn  Read more...

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