Post-communist transformation in the former Soviet bloc has had a profound effect, not just in the political and economic sphere, but on all aspects of life. Although a great deal has been written about transformation, much of it has been about transformation viewed from the top, and little has been written about how things have changed for ordinary people at the local level.
This book, based on extensive original research, examines the changes resulting from transformation at the local level in the form Czechoslovakia. It considers especially local democracy, social movements, and work collectives, and paints a picture of people gradually growing in self-confidence and taking more control of their communities, having lived for decades in a framework where so much was directed from the top.

chapter 1|18 pages

Transformation as modernisation

Sociological readings of post-communist lifeworlds
BySimon Smith

chapter 3|51 pages

Civic Forum and Public Against Violence

Agents for community self-determination? Experiences of local actors
BySimon Smith

chapter 4|13 pages

The development of the environmental non-governmental movement in Slovakia

The Slovak Union of Nature and Landscape Conservationists
ByMikuláš Huba

chapter 5|21 pages

Dual identity and/or ‘bread and butter'

Electronics industry workers in Slovakia 1995–2000
ByMonika Čambáliková

chapter 6|17 pages

The democratisation of industrial relations in the Czech Republic — work organisation and employee representation

Case studies from the electronics industry 1
ByAleš Kroupa, Zdenka Mansfeldová

chapter 7|18 pages

Local community transformation

The Czech Republic 1990–2000 1
ByZdenka Vajdová

chapter 10|15 pages


The narrativisation of social transformation
BySimon Smith