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ERIC Number: ED212026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan-5
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Polish Labor Crisis: The Communicative Dimensions of a System's Decline.
Jones, Tricia S.
The communicative dimensions of the labor crisis in Poland are examined in this paper in terms of Jurgen Habermas's theory of legitimation crisis and Niklas Luhmann's theory of power as a communication medium. Specifically, the paper analyzes three communication strategies that have marked the development and decline of the Soviet Union's control in Poland: (1) the Soviet Union's use of instrumental political symbolism to obtain the loyalty of the Polish public in order to maintain control; (2) the creation of a countervailing power force--the union Solidarity--through the control of system alternatives in order to shift public loyalty from the government to the worker's organization; and (3) the Soviet Union's responses to this movement, which involved scapegoating tactics, continuing political symbolism, and monitoring political communication. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Poland