Jan Sowa is a Polish sociologist, dealing mainly with critical social theory. His latest book, Another Commonwealth is possible (Inna Rzeczpospolita jest możliwa), revisits the Solidarity movement as a founding myth of post-socialist Poland. Sowa argues that Solidarity’s social justice agenda was intentionally left aside by democratic Poland’s founding fathers, to destructive consequences, and that reviving it is beneficial and possible.
The anti-government protests in Poland seem quite disconnected from the legacy of Solidarity, which seems to have been left behind, while it remains to be seen whether the emergence of new political actors signals a genuine shift in the political landscape. An interview with Sociologist Jan Sowa by Claudia Ciobanu.Read more