A sociological study of one Polish village and how it has fared since being resettled by Poles in the population shifts following World War II. Based on intensive field work completed in 1981, it stresses the essential continuity and passivity of peasant life amid the drastic political and economic changes in the country as a whole. The government's policies of socialization never took hold, and neither did the radical populism of Rural Solidarity in 1980-81; the church remained the focus of village life. Conclusions based on observation of this single village, a small one in the lee of the Carpathians, are of course not necessarily valid for others.
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