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Uniform Title Solidarité. English
Title Solidarity : the analysis of a social movement : Poland, 1980-1981 / Alain Touraine ... [et al.]
Published Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press ; Paris : Editions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, 1983

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Description xvi, 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents I. The movement : 1. 1956-1968-1980. Resistance to Communists rule in central Europe : Two explanations ; The Communist countries of central Europe: a historical view ; Revisionism ; 1956 ; 1968: the Prague spring ; The Polish situation -- 2. Class, nation, democracy : The birth of the movement: workers, intellectuals, and the Pope ; August 1980 ; Three dimensions : Class action and trade-union activity ; In the name of the nation ; Democracy everywhere ; The unity of solidarity : Trade-union and national action ; Trade-union and democratic action ; Democratic and national action ; The social movement and the liberation society ; Note the nature of popular movements in Communist central Europe -- 3. A self-limiting movement : The limits : The external threat ; The party ; The church ; The economic crisis ; Pushing to the limits : the ideal and the possible ; The advisers ; Radicals and moderates -- II. The liberation of society : 4. The movement evolves : A year of struggles ; Three views of solidarity's evolution ; Self-management ; On to political action? -- 5. The militants analyze their own action : Self-analysis ; Gdansk : The Gdansk agreement ; The liberation of the enterprise ; Internal tensions ; Free elections ; Silesia : A working-class community in rebellion ; Managing the enterprise ; Workers' control ; The triumph of the 'radicals' ; Rupture and retreat ; Warsaw : Workers' rights ; Industrial democracy ; Action -- III. Towards rupture : 6. The problem of political power : The Congress and the politicization of the movement ; Internal democracy ; A critical moment ; Five leaders ; Economic reform ; Autumn 1981 -- 7. Radicalism and compromise : Light and shade ; Lodz : Populism ; The third step ; Reversal ; Wroclaw : Nationalism and workers' power ; 'True' Poles ; Caution ; Szczecin : Trade unionists and politicians ; The impossibility of compromise ; Fate -- 8. Resistance : Beyond the limits ? ; The rejection of confrontation ; Democratic movement or revolutionary struggle ? ; Convictions
Summary This 1983 book records a fascinating analysis of the Solidarity movement in Poland. Alain Touraine here proposes an understanding of the place of social movements in contemporary society, and a fresh means of analysing them through 'sociological intervention'. In 1981 he and a team of researchers applied these research methods to the Solidarity movements. Groups of Solidarity activists were involved in a discourse over the nature and aims of their political and economic struggle. What emerges is a record of exceptional value in understanding the movement which transformed Polish society, placed firmly in the terms of the Solidarity activists' own understanding of their role, but equally relating this role to a broad analysis of the social structures of eastern Europe. This reflection on forty years of Communist regimes in Europe will appeal to a wide readership interested in Solidarity and Poland.
Analysis Labor unions Poland
NSZZ "Solidarnoâsâc" (Labor organization)
Poland Politics and government 1980-1989
Poland Social conditions 1980-
Poland Trade unions Solidarność 1980-1981
Notes Translation of: Solidarité
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-203)
Notes Translation of: Solidarité
Subject NSZZ "Solidarność" (Labor organization)
NSZZ "Solidarność" (Labor organization) -- History.
Labor unions -- Poland.
Social movements -- Poland.
Solidarity movement (Poland)
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-
Poland -- Politics and government -- 1980-1989.
Poland -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Poland -- Social conditions -- 1980-
Poland -- Social conditions -- 1980-1989.
Author Touraine, Alain.
LC no. 83001859
ISBN 0521254078
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