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Piotrowski, GrzegorzORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-5193-4661
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Piotrowski, G. (2017). Contention and the civil society. In: Marcin Moskalewiczn & Wojciech Przybylski (Ed.), Understanding Central Europe: (pp. 311-317). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contention and the civil society
2017 (English)In: Understanding Central Europe / [ed] Marcin Moskalewiczn & Wojciech Przybylski, London: Routledge, 2017, p. 311-317Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the 1980s, the “civil society” concept made a comeback into the main discourse of the social sciences – after in principle being out of use since the mid-19th century – mainly as a consequence of the emergence of pro-democratic movements in Eastern European and Latin American authoritarian states (Kocka 2004: 67). Civil society in Central Europe is not only seen as one of the main forces behind the overthrow of the communist regimes in the region; it was also one of the core concepts of the transformation of 1989. The changes within the structure and form of the civil society in post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe reflect, to a large extent, the processes of the post-1989 transformation and the transfiguration of the political. This paper examines the tensions and conflicts within the broadly understood civil society sphere through the perspective of social mobilization and the function of the civil society. It also shows the dynamics of the changes within the sector and compares it with other forms of civic engagement such as grassroots social mobilizations. Finally, this papers deals with few myths about the civil society in post-communist Central Europe that shape the academic and the popular thinking about civil society sector in the region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2017
Series
BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European studies ; 115
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34824 (URN)2-s2.0-85043808882 (Scopus ID)978-1-315-15773-3 (ISBN)978-0-415-79159-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved
Wennerhag, M., Fröhlich, C. & Piotrowski, G. (Eds.). (2017). Radical left movements in Europe. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Radical left movements in Europe
2017 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

When the Iron Curtain lifted in 1989, it was seen by some as proof of the final demise of the ideas and aspirations of the radical left. Not many years passed, however, before the critique of capitalism and social inequalities were once again the main protest themes of social movements. This book provides an account of radical left movements in today’s Europe and how they are trying to accomplish social and political change.

The book’s international group of leading experts provide detailed analysis on social movement organizations, activist groups, and networks that are rooted in the left-wing ideologies of anarchism, Marxism, socialism, and communism in both newly democratized post-communist and longstanding liberal-democratic polities. Through a range of case studies, the authors explore how radical left movements are influenced by their situated political and social contexts, and how contemporary radical left activism differs from both new and old social movements on one hand, and the activities of radical left parliamentary parties on the other. Ultimately, this volume investigates what it means to be ‘radical left’ in current day liberal-democratic and capi- talist societies after the fall of European state socialism.

This is valuable reading for students and researchers interested in European politics, contemporary social movements and political sociology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017. p. 283
Series
The mobilization series on social movements, protest, and culture
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33558 (URN)10.4324/9781315603483 (DOI)2-s2.0-85040569082 (Scopus ID)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)978-1-4724-6146-9 (ISBN)978-1-315603-48-3 (ISBN)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Note

Copyright year 2018

Available from: 2017-10-05 Created: 2017-10-05 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. (2016). Green Activism in Post-Socialist Europe and the former Soviet Union [Review]. Social Movement Studies, 15(2), 242-244
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Green Activism in Post-Socialist Europe and the former Soviet Union
2016 (English)In: Social Movement Studies, ISSN 1474-2837, E-ISSN 1474-2829, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 242-244Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
Central and Eastern Europe, Democratization, Social Movements
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26970 (URN)10.1080/14742837.2015.1005591 (DOI)000373838800010 ()
Note

Book review of  Green Activism in Post-Socialist Europe and the former Soviet Union by Adam Fagan and Jo Carmin (eds.), Routledge 2011 in: Social Movement Studies, published online http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2015.1005591

Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. (2016). Od post-anarchizmu do pop-anarchizmu. In: Skrycki Radosław and Michał Przyborowski (Ed.), Radosława Skryckiego (Ed.), Studia z dziejów anarchizmu (2): w dwusetlecie urodzin Michaiła Bakunina. Paper presented at Szczecin, May 29-31, 2014.. Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Od post-anarchizmu do pop-anarchizmu
2016 (Polish)In: Studia z dziejów anarchizmu (2): w dwusetlecie urodzin Michaiła Bakunina / [ed] Radosława Skryckiego, Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego , 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego, 2016
Keywords
Poland, Anarchism, Post-anarchism
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26973 (URN)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)978-83-7972-056-9 (ISBN)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Conference
Szczecin, May 29-31, 2014.
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Polanska, D. V. & Piotrowski, G. (2016). Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion. Baltic Worlds, IX(1-2), 46-56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Poland: Local differences and the importence of cohesion
2016 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, E-ISSN 2001-7308, Vol. IX, no 1-2, p. 46-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two Polish cities, Warsaw and Poznań, are studied in the article to examine how external structures are handled and used by squatters in these two settings. The aim is to analyze opportunity structures that condition the emergence and development of squatting and how squatters respond to and utilize these opportunities. Our ambition is to understand why squatting has developed differently in the two cities by emphasizing the duration and cohesion of the squatting scene as pivotal for the different trajectories of squatting. It is argued in the article that the durability of the squatting environment abates tendencies to open the squatting scene to external coalitions and establish more institutionalized forms of political struggle.

Keywords
squatting, Poland, opportunity structures, cohesion, durability
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31064 (URN)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011Swedish Research Council, 2010–1706
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. (2016). Punk Against Communism: Revolting in 1980s Poland. In: Andresen, Knud and Bart van der Steen (Ed.), A European Youth Revolt?: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s (pp. 203-216). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Punk Against Communism: Revolting in 1980s Poland
2016 (English)In: A European Youth Revolt?: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s / [ed] Andresen, Knud and Bart van der Steen, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 203-216Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The 1989 pro-democratic transition in Poland was partly influenced by the rapidly growing youth subcultures. Punk rock was one of the most visible of them, providing numerous young people with networking possibilities, fresh ideas and different (than of the dissidents) understanding of freedom. Punk was not only challenging aesthetically, but also contested communist authorities from a different perspective, looking into environmental protection or turning against compulsory military service. The punk ‘no future’ slogan was also very appealing for young people in crisis-driven Poland of 1980s and the flagship punk event in Poland – the Jarocin music festival – became a safe place for many young people. The aim of this chapter is to show how punk rock helped to overthrow communism in Poland through these processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Series
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Keywords
Punk rock, communism, Poland
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26971 (URN)9781137565693 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2018-07-19Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. & Polanska, D. V. (2016). Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting. Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, 17(1), 53-69
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Radical Urban Movements in Poland: the case of squatting
2016 (English)In: Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica, ISSN 2084-2937, E-ISSN 2354-0389, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 53-69Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Radical social movements are more and more often the subject of academic inquiry, where their agenda, identity-building processes and repertoires of action are examined vis a vis the dominant discursive opportunity structures. The case study presented in this articleis the squatting movement in Poland. We interpret this movement, its actions and in particular alliance-building strategies, through the perspective of radical flanks of broader urban social movements environment.

Keywords
squatting, post-socialism, urban movements, Poland
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31069 (URN)10.5604/20842937.1212304 (DOI)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2185/311/2014The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. & Wennerhag, M. (2015). Always against the state?: An analysis of Polish and Swedish radical left-libertarian activists’ interaction with institutionalized politics. PArticipation and COnflict, 8(3), 845-875
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Always against the state?: An analysis of Polish and Swedish radical left-libertarian activists’ interaction with institutionalized politics
2015 (English)In: PArticipation and COnflict, ISSN 1972-7623, E-ISSN 2035-6609, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 845-875Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Radical left-libertarian movements are often regarded as primarily seeking ways to accom-plish social and political change outside the framework of institutionalized politics. Previous research, however, has paid little or no attention to the question of these activists’ actual interactions with institu-tionalized politics, nor has it addressed the ways these interactions could be understood in relation to their overall strategies and ideology. This article therefore explores whether, and to what extent, such interaction actually occurs and analyzes the meanings and motives radical left-libertarian activists – from anarchist, autonomist, and anarcho-syndicalist groups – attribute to various types of political actions, ranging from voting and lobbying to protests and direct action. We furthermore compare activists in Po-land and Sweden, in order to scrutinize whether cross-country differences in “political opportunities” affects the activists’ political strategies and ideas about how social and political change can best be ac-complished. Contrary to popular beliefs and many activists’ own self-declarations, our analysis shows that radical left-libertarian groups do in fact try to achieve political change by interacting with institution-alized politics. While radical left-libertarian activists do in most cases prefer “direct action”, this article explores how a more complex relationship to institutionalized politics allows them to accomplish real and immediate changes at the grassroots level.

Keywords
Social Movements, Radical Left-Libertarian Movements, Direct Action, Poland, Sweden
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29211 (URN)10.1285/i20356609v8i3p845 (DOI)000409063000011 ()2-s2.0-85006021059 (Scopus ID)1561/42/2011 (Local ID)1561/42/2011 (Archive number)1561/42/2011 (OAI)
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 1561/42/2011Swedish Research Council, 4212007-8782
Available from: 2016-01-18 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2019-08-28Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. & Mikecs, D. (Eds.). (2015). Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics: Social movements and contentious politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics: Social movements and contentious politics in Central and Eastern Europe
2015 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2015. p. 165
Keywords
social movements, eastern Europe
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28418 (URN)
Note

Special issue of the Intersections journal guest co-edited by Grzegorz Piotrowski, Sodertorn University.

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics, ISSN 2416-089X

Available from: 2015-09-29 Created: 2015-09-29 Last updated: 2015-11-20Bibliographically approved
Piotrowski, G. (2015). The ‘Other’ Democratization in Poland: The Case of Environmental Protection Movement. In: Vlad, Ioana ; Fabian, Katalin (Ed.), Democratization through Social Activism: Gender and Environmental Issues in Post-Communist Societies (pp. 235-264). Bucharest: Tritonic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The ‘Other’ Democratization in Poland: The Case of Environmental Protection Movement
2015 (English)In: Democratization through Social Activism: Gender and Environmental Issues in Post-Communist Societies / [ed] Vlad, Ioana ; Fabian, Katalin, Bucharest: Tritonic , 2015, p. 235-264Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper I show the development of the environmental protection movement in Poland and its influence on the process of democratization that occurred in the 1980s. I present the social and political landscape of Poland of the 1980s, focusing on the dynamics within the dissident sector. I shall later describe briefly the few most important campaigns of those times and present the actors that took part in them. In the second part of the paper I will analyze the input of the environmental movement for the democratization process of Poland and on the development of the NGO sector and grassroots social activism. The environmental movement in Poland managed to mobilize different cohorts of the society compared to the mainstream opposition, introduced novel repertoire of contention and brought issues that were not within the mainstream public discourse. In the last part of the paper I argue that the continuity of the environmental movement in Poland and its influence on the democratic consolidation after 1989. In the paper I focus mostly on the radical strain of the environmental movement in Poland that is under-researched within the transitional and social movement literature and that seemed to set the tone for the whole sector in terms of agenda and repertoires of action.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bucharest: Tritonic, 2015
Keywords
Poland, social movements, environmental movement
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-27991 (URN)978-606-749-032-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-07-30 Created: 2015-07-30 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved
Projects
Anti-racist contentions in the Baltic Sea region – a study of anti-racist activists' interplay with politicians and civil servants [57/2016_OSS]; Södertörn University
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