Poland

by Marta Bucholc, University of Bonn, Germany and University of Warsaw, Poland[1] The history of sociology in Poland was from the very beginning marked by the tension between international consequentiality and local engagement. The tension is hard to negotiate, because it touches on the deep foundations of its disciplinary identity and translates into research, theorizing, […]

by Jan Czarzasty, and Juliusz Gardawski, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, Adam Mrozowicki, University of Wrocław, Poland and member of ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44), and Vera Trappmann, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom There is plenty of evidence that the younger generation across Europe experiences increasing uncertainty in their lives, stemming from […]

by Katarzyna Dębska, Sara Herczyńska, Justyna Kościńska, and Kamil Trepka, University of Warsaw, Poland As Arlie Hochschild explained in Global Dialogue in 2016, sociologists need to search for answers to the question posed in this article’s title not only in economic processes and emergent social sentiments, but also in the biographies of the supporters of […]

by Maciej Gdula, University of Warsaw, Poland In November 2017, it had been two years since the elections that allowed the Law and Justice (PiS) party to form its own government. While many rules of liberal democracy were violated during these two years, over 40% of voters still supported the government. It was at this […]

by Magdalena Grzyb, Jagiellonian University, Poland The Piasecki case The Polish public was outraged when, in April 2017, a recording was published on YouTube by the wife of a local politician of the ruling Law and Justice Party. The recording showed one incident of the domestic abuse that the politician from Bydgoszcz, Rafał Piasecki, had […]

Zygmunt Bauman’s biography could be easily molded into a dominant narrative of twentieth-century Polish intelligentsia. After the traumatic experience of war, fascinated by the communist project, this generation was briefly involved in attempts to repair real existing socialism, before discovering its unchanging, totalitarian nature. Later, the same intelligentsia would be involved in the overthrow of […]

by Agnieszka Graff, University of Warsaw, Poland and Elżbieta Korolczuk, Södertörn University, Sweden, and member of ISA Research Committees on Women and Society (RC32) and Social Classes and Social Movements (RC47) Gender matters in global politics. After the US elections, we know this better than ever: the mass appeal of Trump’s blatant misogyny is just […]

by Julia Kubisa, University of Warsaw, Poland In autumn 2016, a new wave of women’s protests broke out against the planned criminalization of abortion in Poland. Polish feminists have fought against Poland’s anti-abortion law since draconian legislation was introduced in 1993. The Polish abortion law, one of the strictest in the European Union, allows abortion […]

by Piotr Sztompka, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and former ISA President, 2002-2006 Believe it or not, the Yokohama World Congress of Sociology is my eleventh. I joined the ISA in 1970, at the Congress held at Varna, Bulgaria, the first ever in Eastern Europe. Now, 40 years later, I venture to glance backward and forward. […]

by Adam Müller, Kamil Lipiński, Mikołaj Mierzejewski, Krzysztof Gubański, Karolina Mikołajewska, the Public Sociology Lab, University of Warsaw Jan Szczepański (1913-2004) was a Polish sociologist, who served as President of ISA from 1966 to 1970. He was the first person from the Eastern bloc to occupy this position. His publications appeared in many editions in […]