The American press and American television news have been filled with stories from Gdansk, Warsaw, Krakow, Lódz, and other Polish cities and towns. The names of a number of Polish leaders have become almost as familiar to Americans as the names of their own leaders, and the word " Solidarity" has acquired an important new meaning for Americans as well as Poles. The editor's identify that this interest of the American public has not been matched by corresponding interest from American sociologists, stating that Polish society is seldom mentioned either in major scholarly journals or in the textbooks written for students. This collection of studies seeks to address some of this issue, looking at works and the systems in Poland since 1956.
Introduction: The Background of Recent Polish Research on Social Stratification. Social Inequality and Social Mobility. Changes in Social Structure and in How It Is Popularly Perceived. The Attainment of Occupational Status: A Model with Multiple Indicator Constructs. Dichotomous Class Images and Worker Radicalism. The Subjective Evaluation of Social Status. The Prestige of Education Value Systems among Occupational Groups. Social Mobility: Actual, Perceived, and Equitable