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In the Shadow of the Iron Curtain

Central and Eastern European Alterglobalists

Grzegorz Piotrowski

This book examines the alterglobalist activists in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Based on lengthy ethnographic fieldwork and numerous in-depth interviews with key figures of the movement, it covers mobilizations and actions between 1998 and 2011 and analyzes the process of adapting the alterglobalist way of thinking, claims and organizational modes in post-socialist countries. By pointing out the main challenges the movement faced, the author discusses the ways it tried to overcome these. The main argument is that the post-communist legacy (expressed in low levels of mobilization, in rejection of leftist ideals and discourse and in deep mistrust towards political life) had a tremendous impact on the formation and the shape of the alterglobalist movement in the region.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Piotrowski, Grzegorz, 1981- author. Title: In the shadow of the Iron Curtain : Central and Eastern European alterglobalists / Grzegorz Piotrowski. Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2017] Identifiers: LCCN 2016054391 | ISBN 9783631677339 Subjects: LCSH: Anti-globalization movement—Europe, Eastern. | Anti-globalization movement—Europe, Central. Classification: LCC HN380.7.A8 P57 2017 | DDC 303.48/40943—dc23 LC record available at

Published with the support of the Publications Committee, Södertörn University Cover Image: © Grzegorz Piotrowski

ISBN 978-3-631-67733-9 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-07247-1 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70560-5 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-70561-2 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-07247-1

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