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Local Community, Power and European Integration


Edited By Zdzisław Mach

This collection of articles is the result of the research project «The Polish local society in the process of European integration – a decade of experience», financed by the Polish National Science Centre (NCN). The aim was to investigate the process of integration in the EU of six selected local Polish communities. The same six communities had been studied ten years before, when Poland was preparing for the EU accession. The research was based on qualitative methodology. The results show that the knowledge of the EU in local Poland remains at a very low level. The exception is competence in the field of EU structural funds. These funds are the main factor which determines the positive attitude of Poles towards the EU and the Polish membership in it. At the same time the process of the construction of a European identity in terms of values remains very problematic.

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Social memory in local Poland after accession to the European Union (Paweł Kubicki)


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Paweł Kubicki

Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University of Kraków

Social memory in local Poland after accession to the European Union

Abstract: This chapter deals with the issue of reconstruction of social memory in local Polish communities after the accession to the EU in 2004. The main hypothesis is that the process of reconstruction of social memory stimulates a parallel process of building a civil society in local communities. Previous research suggested that Polish local communities were still dominated by values typical for closed societies. Nowadays, it seems that we may observe opening of “local Poland” thanks to a change of social memory.

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