Local Communities and Post-Communist Transformation: Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia

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Conclusion
The narrativisation of social transformation
Simon Smith

Modernisation

Most early studies of democratic transition in post-communist Europe stressed that a system change was involved, incorporating three key institutional changes (the so-called 'triple transition') – from authoritarian or totalitarian to democratic governance; from a planned to a free-market economy; and from quasi-colonial status to full nation- and state-hood. Partially dissenting from the institutional school of thought, other authors emphasised the 'path-dependent' nature of the process and the inevitable conditioning of strategic choices by the inherited social, economic and cultural resources of a given society. These critics advocated the term transformation in place of transition, to capture the sense of change as a process of recombinations of existing sub-systems or fractions of capital.

Few western theorists have used the concept of modernisation in connection with post-communist developments (Machonin 1997:108). If so, then only a conceptually narrow version has been invoked, such as when discussing Lipset's notion of a relationship between socio-economic development and democratisation (Nagle and Mahr 1999:55; Przeworski et al. 1995:62–3) or the impact of the scientific-technological revolution on the social and power structures of communist states (Nagle and Mahr 1999:212). Such reductionist understandings – perhaps taking their lead from earlier 'convergence theories' which saw capitalist and state socialist societies as members of a common family of modernities – have led to misinterpretations of what a strategy of modernisation would mean in a post-communist context. Przeworski et al. contrast 'postwar attempts at modernisation' which 'asserted the importance of national cultures, … called for political institutions consistent with national traditions, and envisaged growth led by national industries' with later Latin American and Eastern European strategies which they call 'modernisation by internationalisation' based on 'imitation' in the political, cultural and economic realms: 'today', they conclude, 'modernisation means liberal democracy, consumption-oriented culture, and capitalism' (1995:4). Yet notwithstanding the condition of international dependency in which post-communist

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Table of contents

  • Basees/Routledgecurzon Series on Russian and East European Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables vii
  • Contributors ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgements xv
  • 1 - Sociological Readings of Post-Communist Lifeworlds 1
  • Notes 13
  • Bibliography 14
  • 2 - Civil Society and Political Parties in the Czech Republic 19
  • Bibliography 39
  • 3 - Agents for Community Self-Determination? Experiences of Local Actors 41
  • Notes 85
  • Bibliography 89
  • 4 - The Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists 92
  • Notes 103
  • 5 - Electronics Industry Workers in Slovakia 1995–2000 105
  • Notes 123
  • Bibliography 124
  • 6 - Case Studies from the Electronics Industry 126
  • Notes 141
  • 7 - The Czech Republic 1990–2000 143
  • Notes 158
  • Bibliography 159
  • 8 - Civic Potential as a Differentiating Factor in the Development of Local Communities 161
  • Bibliography 182
  • 9 - Group Strategies of Local Communities in Slovakia Facing Social Threats 184
  • Bibliography 205
  • 10 - The Narrativisation of Social Transformation 206
  • Notes 216
  • Bibliography 218
  • Index 221
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