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By Henryk Domanski

In accordance with comparative surveys, the writer provides a learn of social transformation in principal and japanese Europe after 1989. concentrating on Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Slovakia, the writer presents details in relation to social constitution, mobility, inequality, way of life and fiscal stratification. employing the Erikson-Goldthorpe type of sophistication positions, Domanski successfully offers totally similar facts to allow political comparisons to be made with different international locations, specifically people with firmly tested loose industry economies. As such, "On the Verge of Convergence" seeks to supply a clearer knowing of the on-going strategy of social transformation inside of constructing capitalist societies.

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05 criterion, statistical significance is not the only measureofsubstantive sociological significance. Allowing for constant immobility in 1948-63 and in1983-93-exceeding what we would expect on the basis of perfect mobility-it accounts for no less 39 than 89-93 per cent of all associations. It must have been the case that self-recruitment prevailed over mobility in both 1948-63 and 1983-93. Nevertheless, the reduction in G2proved unsatisfactory, which indicates that there was circulation between the six categories, in addition to the strong tendencyto remain withinthem.

Our second hypothesis concerns the relative weight of each transformation, assessed in terms of the size of the mobility flows they produced. There arereasons to expect th& the imposition of the communist system brought about more mobility than its collapse in the 1990s. First, the reshuffles of the social structure at the turn of the 1940s were underpinned by deep changes in the economy and in occupational distributions. It seems that three parallel processes-extensive industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, and nationalization of major industries-released larger flows than those prompted by economic privatization in the 1990s.

The East Central European countries have slowly, but firmly, abandoned the command economy, approaching a system dominated by the capitalist market. As a result, the natural referent ‘in our search for structuralchanges will be contemporary market democracies. Certainly, if stratification systems in East Central Europe have undergonesubstantial transformation, this will be detectable in areas which were mostly subordinated to the logic of ‘socialist’ stratification and regarded as peculiar to this system.

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