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Mario Diani and Doug McAdam

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251789.001.0001

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

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

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(p.77) 4 Networks in Opposition: Linking Organizations through Activists in the Polish People's Republic
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Social Movements and Networks
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Maryjane Osa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251789.003.0004

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

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