How far have sociologists working in countries commonly designated as "socialist" gone in studying the class structure and social consciousness of their own societies? What kinds of questions have they posed, and what is the degree of technical sophistication applied in answering them? Western sociologists interested in the fate of their discipline in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union have long recognized that the answers to these questions will differ substantially depending upon which particular socialist society one has in mind. The selection from Polish sociological literature brought together here by Stomczynski and Krauze should help to answer the questions raised and provide readers with the opportunity to assess the quality of Polish sociological studies in the areas of class structure, social mobility, and class consciousness.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Transformations of Class Structure Early Stages of the Socialist Class Structure. The Influence of Technical-Economic and Historical-Cultural Contexts on the Differentiation and Integration of Social Classes. Urbanization and Resulting Changes in Class Structure and Education. Part 2: Social Mobility Tranformations of Social Structure and Social Mobility in Poland. Intergenerational Mobility in Cities. The Role of Education in the Process of Intragenerational Mobility Part 3: Class Consciousness and Class Interests Relations between Classes and Perception of Social Class Distance. Evaluations of Individual Earnings and Family Income. Power in the Value Systems of Selected Social Groups. Labor Unions and the Working Class: An Analysis of Participation In Power.
Professor Kazimierz Slomczynski is currently the Director of CONSIRT (Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program at Ohio State.