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Networks in Opposition: Linking Organizations through Activists in the Polish People's Republic

Maryjane Osa

in Social Movements and Networks

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780199251780
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599057 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199251789.003.0004

Series: Comparative Politics

 Networks in Opposition: Linking Organizations through Activists in the Polish People's Republic

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Explores changes in the informal networks of overlapping memberships between opposition organizations in Poland between the 1960s and the 1980s. When civic organizations are subject to severe constraints, as in Communist regimes, informal networks are particularly important as alternative sources of resources. There, networks not only operate as micro‐mobilization contexts but also provide the basic infrastructure for civil society. The chapter explicitly takes the time dimension into account, using individual affiliations to chart the evolution of networks over time, and offering an accurate reconstruction of changes in the Polish political system and the emergence of a strong democratization movement.

Keywords: civic organizations; civil society; collective action; Communist regimes; democratization movement; evolution of networks; informal networks; overlapping memberships; Poland; social networks; time

Chapter.  10441 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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