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The Me-Generation in a Post-Collectivist Space

Dilemmas in a Time of Transition


Krystyna Szafraniec, Jarosław Domalewski, Krzysztof Wasielewski, Paweł Szymborski and Marcin Wernerowicz

As a result of ongoing political transformation, post-communist countries are opening up to a global world and its influence. This poses new challenges and complicates the socialisation process of young people. In this book, the authors ask what orientation changes can follow, when they are determined by the resources of innovativeness of a young generation and structural limitations of a system. The basis of analyses were different types of national and international sources, collected in reference to nine post-communist countries in Europe and Asia. The comparison leads to a surprising conclusion: It is difficult to perceive representatives of the first generation, whose growing up has taken place only in the new political system, as «the drivers of the change».

Methodological and theoretical framework – Structural dimensions of system transformation – Socialisation processes and their results – Changes in the education system – Entering labour market and adulthood – Presence of the young in the public sphere – Division lines and threats to social cohesion