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The Polish Middle Class


Henryk Domański

This book discusses the viability of «importing» the middle class to Poland. The 1990s were a step forward in the formation of the Polish middle class and, systematically yet barely discernible in daily life, the process was triggered by an increase in consumption and affluence. However, the changes of attitudes, life goals and value systems distinct for the Western middle class are ambiguous and rather slow in Poland. They ensue mainly from the changes in new social structures and the behavioral rationality of consumers. It appears that the middle class in Poland will not emerge as an exact copy of the original middle class – rather, it will be its contextually modified variant, affected by Polish cultural traditions.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Domański, Henryk.  [Polska klasa srednia. English]  The Polish middle class / Henryk Domański ; translated by Patrycja Poniatowska.    pages cm — (Studies in Social Sciences, Philosophy and History of Ideas, ISSN 2196-0151 ; vol. 13)  Includes bibliographical references and index.  ISBN 978-3-631-64726-4  1. Middle class—Poland. 2. Social classes—Poland. 3. Poland—Social conditions—1989- I. Title.  HT690.P6D65713 2015  305.5’509438--dc23                                                  2015007524

This book was financially supported by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. This translation has been funded by the Foundation for Polish Science.

ISSN 2196-0151 ISBN 978-3-631-64726-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04349-5 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04349-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2015 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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