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Contemporary Migrations in the Humanistic Coefficient Perspective

Florian Znaniecki’s Thought in Today’s Social Science Research


Edited By Jacek Kubera and Łukasz Skoczylas

This book presents contributions from migration sociologists inspired by Florian Znaniecki’s theory and the results of his studies to conduct their own research in countries like Austria, China, Greece and Poland. The authors evaluate today’s migration phenomena with reference to a coherent theoretical system. The book can be used as a manual presenting the tools for examining the migration experience from many angles: a sense of national identity (ethnic and civic), family ties, the importance of the social environment in the process of an individual’s integration with the society or an evolution of entire social systems within which the migrants operate.

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Pioneers, Migrants, Looters Social Context of Settlement in the Polish Regained Territories (Jakub Isański)


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Jakub Isański

Institute of Sociology Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań Poznań

Pioneers, Migrants, Looters. Social Context of Settlement in the Polish Regained Territories1

Abstract: This text aims to investigate the post-war social life in the Polish Western Territories, based on the relations of participants. The author analyses both spontaneous and organized theft of property after the war, taking into account specific historical context of the occurrences: social anomy, political repressions, fresh memories of wartime atrocities, and widespread uncertainty of the future. The analysis is based on Florian Znaniecki’s social theory.

Keywords: migrations in Europe after WW II, Polish settlement after WW II; looters; pioneers in the Polish Western Territories

1. Introduction – History, Politics and Ideology

Florian Znaniecki worked in that specific time period affected by two world wars and their social consequences. Znaniecki’s works were filled with attempts to design a perfect society, one that ensures happiness and wellbeing of its members and others. Most likely, his ideas were a product of the external circumstances. The bonds that developed within particular communities were supposed to help well-adjusted individuals, as well as those whose personality had certain features deviating from the accepted social norms, reach the above-mentioned goal. For the purpose of this paper, I used resources from the archives of the Institute of Western Affairs in Poznań, in particular memoirs submitted for the competition “Pamiętniki osadników Ziem Odzyskanych” [Memoirs of Settlers in...

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