POSTSOCIALISM AS A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL

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Are the common-sense concepts of power and state, used in the rural regions of Poland, manifestations of postcommunist or postsocialist mentality? Several fieldwork seasons spent in the Polish countryside let me to conclude that local concepts of power and authority used by my local informants should rather be called “postpeasant” or “posttraditional” than “postsocialist”. The opinions concerning different forms of authority, as well as the state itself, shaped within the local discourse and shared by the contemporary inhabitants of rural areas of Poland, proved difficult to follow without profound understanding of traditional peasant culture, mentality and value system. Therefore, I suggest the term “postpeasant” to be applied in reference to rural communities of contemporary Poland as more accurate than the widely used term “postsocialist”.

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common-sense representations, postpeasant, postsocialist, local discourses

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Malewska-Szalygin, A., (2011) “POSTSOCIALISM AS A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL”, Ethnologia Europaea 41(2), p.73-82. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1087

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Anna Malewska-Szalygin (University of Warsaw)

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