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Title Page, Copyright

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p. vii

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Chapter 1: The Day the Pope Came to Town

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pp. 1-26

May 21, 1995, Pope John Paul II came to town. I had been living and conducting research in Żywiec for almost nine months. Excitement had been building for weeks, ever since the pontiff announced that he would have a “private” visit to Żywiec, meaning that only town residents would be allowed on the main square while he was speaking. Everyone had an explanation for why the pope had ...

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Chapter 2: A Political and Economic History of the ťwiec Region

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pp. 27-62

... very first visit to ťywiec occurred while I was a student at Jagiellonian University in Krak

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Chapter 3: Elite Class Struggles and Authority

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pp. 63-96

... the changing social structure of power in ťywiec involves looking at class conflict around the political and economic changes resulting from the fall of communism—those local changes that are driven by national policies aimed at decentralizing the economy and political system. Rather than just looking at changes in class structure between socialism and the postsocialist era, to understand the ...

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Chapter 4: Nonelites, Family Networks, and Identity

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pp. 97-134

... restructuring of the Polish political-economic system since the end of the Cold War has had a great impact not only on the large-scale factors of the national economy, such as state enterprises, and on the scale of communities and classes, but also on the microeconomic strategizing of individuals and families. In ťywiec, as in most of Poland ...

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Chapter 5: The Community, the Nation-State, and Globalization

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pp. 135-166

... far, I have shown how traditionalism is an idiom through which elite class conflict is occurring in ťywiec. The prewar elite and the neocapitalists are struggling over the emphasis on and interpretation of the G

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Chapter 6: Politics, Culture,and Modernity in Postcultural Poland

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pp. 167-182

... John Paul II’s visit to ťywiec was a context within which ťywiecers acted out conflicting ideologies of traditionalism and modernity. The papal visit presented an opportunity for different groups of ťywiecers to express their visions of the future for the community. On that highly charged public occasion, the two elite classes, which I ...

Notes

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pp. 183-190

Bibliography

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pp. 191-204

Index

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pp. 205-211