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Instititutional constraints and creative solutions: Civil society in Poland in comparative perspective

The project "Instititutional constraints and creative solutions: Civil society in Poland in comparative perspective", is led by Kerstin Jacobsson and is funded by the Swedish Research Council.

The project includes among other things studies of urban movements and mobilizations around housing issues, mobilizations around parenthood, but also environmental and animal rights activism. We would like to problematize the conventional view of the weak civil society in Poland and other post-communist societies. One point of departure is that civil society in this social context partly works in a different manner than in Western Europe but our hypothesis is that it is more dynamic than previous research states. One of the project goals is to capture this dynamic. More specifically, the aim of the project is to study and compare the conditions for mobilization of civil society and for collective action strategies, including their outcomes, by conducting qualitative case studies of civil mobilizations and social movements. The forms of collective action are analyzed in relation to the surrounding society and the prevalent economic, political, juridical, social and cultural opportunity structures. A common theme in the sub-projects is how the divide between public and private is negotiated in civil society and what implications it has for the opportunities for collective action.


Project participants are Kerstin Jacobsson, Jolanta Aidukaite, Elzbieta Korolczuk, Renata Hryciuk and Steven Saxonberg.

See also our project blog: http://www.civilsocietyinpoland.blogspot.se
Contact: Kerstin Jacobsson

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-02-29