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The Regime of Violence in Socialist and Postsocialist Poland

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Abstract:

This article seeks to contribute to the geographical debate about the nature of violence in socialist and postsocialist Poland. It responds to Bradshaw and Stenning's (2004) call to account for the uniqueness of postsocialism. By comparing “regimes of violence,” which characterize particular socioeconomic formations, a clearer conception of postsocialism can emerge, showing how different configurations of violence have dominated the socialist and postsocialist periods, respectively, and how violence has been directed toward non-Polish ethnocultural groups. The article indicates the important role that representational violence is playing in making postsocialism, where class-for-itself subjectivities are specific targets of marginalization.

Keywords: Poland; Polonia; clase; class; politics; política; postsocialism; postsocialismo; violence; violencia

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2011.620512

Affiliations: Department of Politics,Academy of Humanities and Economics, Poland

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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