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Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study

Karol Jakubowicz

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APA 6th Edition
Jakubowicz, K. (2001). Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study. Medijska istraživanja, 7 (1-2), 5-24. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361
MLA 8th Edition
Jakubowicz, Karol. "Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study." Medijska istraživanja, vol. 7, no. 1-2, 2001, pp. 5-24. https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Jakubowicz, Karol. "Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study." Medijska istraživanja 7, no. 1-2 (2001): 5-24. https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361
Harvard
Jakubowicz, K. (2001). 'Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study', Medijska istraživanja, 7(1-2), pp. 5-24. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361 (Accessed 25 October 2021)
Vancouver
Jakubowicz K. Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study. Medijska istraživanja [Internet]. 2001 [cited 2021 October 25];7(1-2):5-24. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361
IEEE
K. Jakubowicz, "Westernization and Westification: Social and Media Change in Central and Eastern Europe. A Polish Case Study", Medijska istraživanja, vol.7, no. 1-2, pp. 5-24, 2001. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/23361. [Accessed: 25 October 2021]

Abstracts
The purpose of this paper is to test one of the many ways of tracking the progress
of media transformation in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of European
integration, based on a descriptive/analytical and relativistic research approaches.
The conceptual and analytical framework adopted for the analysis of the process is
an institutional and cultural one, which is best suited in this case of “systemic transformation”
of an exceptionally large scope.
The dissidents’ primary weapon of struggle against the Communist system, and
their main objective for the future was civil society, a model of “ethical” civil society
with its many idealistic features. This and concept of the media institutions of civil society,
as described in the article, are taken as the criteria for assessing the results of
the systemic transformation.
Because of a number of characteristics of post-Communist societies, including a
high politicisation of public life, a weak state and weak society, a low level of public
involvement on the part of citizens, etc. the goal of developing a civil society has not
truly been attained. Also the media system falls short of what the dissidents hoped it
would be, involving only the privately owned print media and public and commercial
broadcasting. In most post-Communist countriest this “standard model” has meant
the empowerment primarily of the new political and business elites.
This analysis shows that in the Polish case the views of the 1980s dissidents could
not serve as an accurate predictor of their own later policies and behaviour, nor indeed
of the direction and consequences of transformation. Therefore, the early views
and concepts of the initiators of that transformation cannot provide a set of criteria for
judging the progress and success of that process.

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