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The Unplanned Society
The Unplanned Society
Edited by Janine R. Wedel
Columbia University Press, 1992, 271 pp

Polish voices, mostly those of journalists and academics, assembled by an American anthropologist illustrate the ways Poles worked around the communist system to get what the system failed to deliver materially and spiritually and to protect themselves from its abuses and intrusions. The material is interesting because it is concrete and drawn from daily life. But contrary to the editor's implied promise, the book does not deliver a framework for understanding the transition through which Poland is now passing, let alone one superior to those she seems to criticize.