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Professionals Power & Solidarity in Poland :A Critical Sociology of Soviet Type Societyby Michael D Kennedy
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Michael Kennedy develops a theoretical conception of Soviet-type societies by analyzing Solidarity's significance on three levels. First, he explains the background to and nature of the conflict between Solidarity and the authorities by examining the relation between the distribution of power and movement strategies. Second, he considers the implications of Solidarity's struggle for the theory of the Soviet-type system's reproduction and transformation by offering a critique and synthesis of relevant theories of class and civil society. Third, he examines the internal constitution of Solidarity in terms of gender and, in particular, cross-class alliances. He argues that because engineers and physicians were dependent on the self-organized working class in this conflict between civil society and state, professional projects had to be recast in visions suitable to the alliance. In a concluding chapter, he explores the implications of his analysis both for understanding perestroika in the Soviet Union and more generally for reformulating a critical sociology of Soviet-type societies.
The Solidarity movement of the early 1980s not only triggered a transformation in Polish society, it forced a fundamental reconsideration of the nature of socialism throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Seen as one of the most important social movements of the century, this pathbreaking study analyzes Solidarity's significance in Soviet societies.
This pathbreaking study analyzes Solidarity, one of the most important social movements of the century, and its significance in Soviet societies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-413) and index.
Table of Contents
List of tables; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Solidarity and Social Transformation: 1. The historical genealogy of Solidarity; 2. The nature and causes of Solidarity; 3. The Solidarity movement as emancipatory praxis; Part II. Solidarity and the Theory of Soviet-type Society: 4. Solidarity, modernization and class; 5. Solidarity, culture and civil society; 6. A theory of power relations in Soviet-type society; Part III. Professionals and Solidarity: 7. Professionals, power and prestige; 8. Engineers in Solidarity; 9. Physicians in Solidarity; Part IV. Conclusion: 10. Critical sociology and Soviet-type society; Notes; References; Index.
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