We aim at documenting and interpreting the changes in the social worlds of industry employees in Poland. We record and analyse narrative biographical interviews with employees of former state-owned-enterprises, which were privatised and restructured by means of the foreign direct investment in the 1990s.

This form of privatisation, an icon of economic transformation, was most clearly connected to the exposing of the post-socialist societies to the managerial cultures of corporate capitalism and at the same time marked an important chapter of globalisation. In public debates, it was both the most contested form of privatisation, as well as being considered the most effective tool of modernisation of post-socialist economies by technological investments; transfer of knowhow; rapid restructuring; linking with international markets; and increasing in profitability and productivity. We ask how this change has been experienced and remembered by industry staff until today.


Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Archives of Oral History of the History Meeting House and KARTA Centre in Warsaw

Project financed by the Minister of Science and Higher Education in Poland in the framework of the National Programme for the Development of the Humanities in 2013-2018. No 0103/NPRH2/H11/81/2013.

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