Dynamics of Class and Stratification in Poland

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310 pages

This book is about long-term changes to class and inequality in Poland. Drawing upon major social surveys, the team of authors from the Polish Academy of Sciences offer the rare comprehensive study of important changes to the social structure from the communist era to the present.

The core argument is that, even during extreme societal transformations, key features of social life have long-lasting, stratifying effects. The authors analyse the core issues of inequality research that best explain “who gets what and why:” social mobility, status attainment and their mechanisms, with a focus on education, occupation, and income. The transition from communist political economy to liberal democracy and market capitalism offers a unique opportunity for scholars to understand how people move from one stratifi cation regime to the next.

There are valuable lessons to be learned from linking past to present. Classic issues of class, stratification, mobility, and attainment have endured decades of radical social change. These concepts remain valid even when society tries to eradicate them.

List of Figures


Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, Henryk Domański, Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Zbigniew Sawiński, and Dariusz Przybysz


Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, Henryk Domański, Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Zbigniew Sawiński, and Dariusz Przybysz

Part I: Class and Stratification

Chapter 1: Polish Sociology and Investigations into Class and Stratification, 1945–2015

Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, and Joshua K. Dubrow

Chapter 2: Class Structure and Social Stratification in Poland from the 1970s to the 2010s

Kazimierz M. Słomczyński and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow

Part II: Mobility and Attainment

Chapter 3: Social Mobility and Systemic Changes in Class Structure: Analyzing Inflow-Outflow Tables with Different Origin and Destination Categories

Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Kazimierz M. Słomczyński

Chapter 4: Social Mobility in Education and Occupation, 1982–2006

Henryk Domański, Bogdan W. Mach, and Dariusz Przybysz

Chapter 5: Social Change, Educational Expansion, and Inequality in Access to Education

Zbigniew Sawiński

Chapter 6: Determinants of Educational Inequality before and after the System Change

Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Henryk Domański

Part III: Occupational Differentiation

Chapter 7: Occupational Classifications and Scales in Poland since the 1970s

Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, Henryk Domański, Zbigniew Sawiński, Irina Tomescu-Dubrow

Chapter 8: Changes in Occupational Prestige, 1958–2008

Henryk Domański, Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, and Zbigniew Sawiński

Part IV: Class Analyses

Chapter 9: Class, Stratification, and the 2008 Economic Crisis from an Intersectional Perspective

Irina Tomescu-Dubrow and Joshua K. Dubrow

Chapter 10: Class Voting in Poland, 1991–2011

Dariusz Przybysz


Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Kazimierz M. Słomczyński, Henryk Domański, Joshua Kjerulf Dubrow, Zbigniew Sawiński, and Dariusz Przybysz

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