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Performative Democracy

Author : Elzbieta Matynia
ISBN : 9781317254348
Genre : Political Science
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fresh appreciation of the events of 1989 as we approach their 20th anniversary in 2009 Performative Democracy explores a potential in political life that easily escapes theorists: the indigenously inspired enacting of democracy by citizens. Written by one who experienced an emerging public sphere within Communist Poland, the book seeks to identify the conditions for performativity-performing politics--in public life. It examines a broad spectrum of cultural, social, and political initiatives that facilitated the non-violent transformation of an autocratic environment into a democratic one. Examples of performativity range from experimental student theater, through the engaged political thinking of dissident Adam Michnik, the alternative culture, and the Solidarity movement, to the drama of the Round Table Talks (and their striking parallels in South Africa), and finally, the post-1989 efforts of feminist groups and women artists to defend the recently won right of free public discourse. The book argues that performative democracy, with its improvisational mode and imaginative solutions, deserves a legitimate place in our broader reflections on democracy. Matynia describes how two apparent miracles of recent history-that communism in Poland was brought down without violence and that apartheid in South Africa was ended without a bloodbath-were the results of hard work and a new approach to change that she calls "performative democracy." Matynia reveals amazing parallels between the drama of Poland's Round Table Talks in 1989 and the Truth Commissions in South Africa in 1994. Matynia describes how experimental student theater groups, though subsidized by a totalitarian regime afraid of any authentic public life, created little pockets of public space for free and meaningful expression that were augmented by uncensored underground publishing and further expanded by the Solidarity movement into a democratic society within the totalitarian state. Matynia describes in a personal way how in the 1970s student theater groups planted the seeds of an authentic public sphere, how underground publishers nurtured freedom of expression and social criticism, and how, after democratic elections, women artists in the 1990s fought to sustain the newly won right to free public discourse. Matynia traces in vivid human terms the democratic aspirations and practices that led to democratic change in Poland but went largely unnoticed by western media and policymakers.
Category: Political Science

Poetry Providence And Patriotism

Author : Joel Burnell
ISBN : 9781630879990
Genre : Religion
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Polish messianism tells the story of a nation struggling to survive and regain its independence. As narrated by the poets Jan Pawe_ Woronicz and Adam Mickiewicz, its vision of patriotism and civil responsibility, first told two hundred years ago, contains promising resources today for a world facing challenged by pluralism, secularization, nationalism and religious fundamentalism. Yet this messianism has a dark side. The romantic philosophy of history that funded this messianism proved an inadequate defense against Prussian and Russian military might, and failed to inoculate Poles against the rising spirit of nationalism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism that swept Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In seeking to address the problematic and promising feature of Poland's particular messianism, Burnell draws up on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, arguing that his theology offers a much-needed critique of the myths and values of romantic national messianism. Where such messianism asks how Christ could serve a nation's cause and freedom, Bonhoeffer declared that by it is by following Christ in discipleship that people and nations become truly free. Recently, a new wave of Polish religio-political fundamentalism has appeared, as a response to the rapid secularization of society since the end of the Cold War. Certain members of the Polish clergy have again joined conservative politicians to promote nationalistic, populist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic attitudes. Bonhoeffer, in contrast, argued for leaders who ennoble and empower those they serve, and modeled how patriots can honor their nation's achievements while freely confessing its failures. His legacy facilitates dialogue and reconciliation in the ongoing struggle against ethnic, religious and national bigotry. Following his lead, the messianic myth of Poland, the Christ of the nations, can be recast as a call to follow the One who is God-for-us and the-man-for-others by standing with the suffering, by speaking for the disenfranchised, and serving alongside other nations in the cause of freedom and justice.
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Author : Psoras
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Grupa broniaków jedzie do Equestrii na tygodniową wycieczkę. W planach nie ma żadnego ratowania świata, żadnych epickich przygód, żadnych czarnych charakterów ani żadnych magicznych pojedynków. Tylko zwiedzanie krainy przez siedem zwyczajnych dni... Ale czy w Equestrii istnieje coś takiego jak zwyczajny dzień? I czy osoby, dla których kucyki pełnią istotną rolę w życiu, będą się umiały trzymać z dala od kłopotów?

The Eight Language Tourism Dictionary

Author : Christopher Bajger
ISBN : 9781849898201
Genre : Foreign Language Study
File Size : 28.78 MB
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Get your hands on the brand-new “Eight-language tourism dictionary”. The topics in the book are treated in eight languages-English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech and Slovak. This book includes all the most useful word phrases and sentences a tourist will need for a variety of situations. We believe that everyone can appreciate the value of being able to communicate in other languages and uncover the beauty of the words and phrases which emerge from everyday life. The readers will appreciate its multi-functionality because the dictionary gives the possibility of concentrating much better in several languages as an interpreter. The author recommends this guide for trips to the remote corners of the world. When travelling all over the world, you certainly should not forget to bring this publication, and in no case should it be missing from your luggage!
Category: Foreign Language Study

Polish Art Studies

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105016646684
Genre : Arts, Polish
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Mieczys Aw Wejman

Author : Mieczysław Wejman
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122979763
Genre : Cyclists in art
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105008448693
Genre : Children's literature
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Category: Children's literature

National Union Catalog

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ISBN : UOM:39015070197457
Genre : Union catalogs
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Includes entries for maps and atlases.
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