Assessing Actions and Outcomes in Contemporary Central-Eastern Europe
Anthropology in Service of Reconciliation: The Approach
The interpretation of social transformations in Poland after 1989 is under permanent debate between professional students of politics and culture and both practitioners of public life. In these debates the importance of analytical categories serving these interpretations is disclosed, among others the importance of categories related to social and cultural order, its conditions, mechanisms, factors and functions. In the first decade of 21st century the vocabulary was taken from idiom of international (or state) diplomacy of Polish Third Republic, idiom of psychology of settling the issues between people and groups, from idiom of private and public religion into idiom of other humanities and social sciences. In other words, the category of reconciliation had moved beyond the original borders of these idioms and founds its place in sociological reflection on regime transformation, in anthropology of ethnic relations or research on collective memory.
Many points to that the very choice of the conceptualization of reconciliation should be made into a research problem: to reflect upon the transfer of theoretical concepts from many academic disciplines, to define their significance and feasibility in interpretation of Polish implementation of social and cultural model of order constructing.
This article is devoted to one of those, that is to the widely understood anthropological conceptualization. There are many reasons to think that cultural anthropology, more exactly its conceptual vocabulary in last dozens of years is one of the most precious sources. It is because cultural anthropology introduced in Poland so much into sociology and...
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