CCPS Lecture. Cuts: An Oral History of Transformation.
Authors Aleksandra Leyk and Joanna Wawrzyniak will discuss their award-winning book Cuts: An Oral History of Transformation [Cięcia. Mówiona historia transformacji], which addresses how Poland’s rapid socio-economic transformation in the 1990s is remembered by those who lived it. Drawing on over 130 biographical interviews with chief executives, managers, trade union representatives, administrative staff, and shop floor workers of socialist enterprises privatized and sold to multinationals, Cuts shows the complexity, ambivalence, and tensions inherent to the experience and memory of socio-economic change. While the book highlights local reactions to the neo-liberal turn taking place globally, its lessons reach far beyond Poland.