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Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation by Simon Smith

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1 Transformation as modernisation

Sociological readings of post-communist lifeworlds

Simon Smith

Sub-cultures of sociological activism

Shortly before the collapse of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia recognition grew among social scientists that socio-cultural networks at the micro-level were an important site for the generation of social capital and civic potential. ‘Makeshift’ institutions, a ‘second’ economy and ‘second’ society, together with a ‘private’ public discourse were elements of state socialist society with part-functional, part-disfunctional consequences, depending on the timescale of observation. Such ‘islands of positive deviation’ met social needs which the system failed, and compensated in some measure for the ‘hollowing ...

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