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Transformations of Social Bonds

The Outline of the Theory of Social Change

Mirosława Marody and Anna Giza-Poleszczuk

We live in times of accelerated changes – social, economic, and political – which are currently transforming most societies and areas of human life. Every day brings not only new shifts in political orders of various countries but also clearly observable metamorphoses of labour patterns, family forms, and modes through which we participate in political life, communicate, and which are related to each other. The pace of these changes and their complex mechanisms make it difficult to discern what directions they are actually taking.

This book is about transformations of social bonds, the most fundamental sociological concept. It examines how these bonds are formed, how they are dissolved, and how they are forged anew. The book offers a preliminary reflection on the course and consequences of the ongoing transformations of the social order. At the same time, it invites to reconsider the foundations of sociological thinking.

Mirosława Marody is a Professor of sociology and social psychology in the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw and the head of the Centre for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Studies. Her recent works focus on transformation processes in contemporary society. She has published many books on systemic transformation in Poland.

Anna Giza-Poleszczuk is a sociologist, professor at the University of Warsaw. She has accompanied Polish transformation both as a scientist and practitioner. As a researcher, she was involved in many local and international projects, resulting in a few important books and publications. As a practitioner, she worked for an international company managing consumers’ insight department and advising to the Board, designing and evaluating many NGOs programs.