This sociological study of cultural freedom examines the relatively unhindered Polish theater movement in terms of the organizational context and cultural traditions that support it. Dr. Goldfarb points to inadequacies in prevailing models of Communist societies and asserts that cultural freedom may be realized not only as dissent in opposition to
Table of Contents
Introduction -- The Institutional Autonomy of Student Theater -- Cultural Traditions and Creative Autonomy: The General Case in Communist Societies -- The Catholic Tradition and Political Pluralism -- The International Artistic Tradition and Student Theater -- The National Cultural Tradition and Student Theater -- Ideology and Critical Expression -- Socialist Expression -- Conclusion: Why Theater?
Jeffrey C. Goldfarb is assistant professor of sociology in the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. His work in The Persistence of Freedom draws from fourteen months of field research in Poland, conducted under the auspices of the International Research and Exchange Board and the Polish Ministry of Higher Education and Technology.