Living in the Spaces of (Post-) Socialism: the Case of Nowa Huta, 1945-2001
UKDA study number:4713
University of Birmingham. School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science
Economic and Social Research Council
UK Data Archive, University of Essex, Colchester.
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Stenning, A., Living in the Spaces of (Post-) Socialism: the Case of Nowa Huta, 1945-2001 [computer file]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], October 2003. SN: 4713,
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4713 . Living in the Spaces of (Post-) Socialism: the Case of Nowa Huta, 1945-2001
Stenning, A. , University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies
Stenning, A. , University of Birmingham. School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science
Economic and Social Research Council
This study addressed the experience of living in a post-socialist society through fieldwork carried out in Poland. Using a range of ethnographic and discursive methodologies, the relationship between the town of Nowa Huta (literal translation ‘New Steelworks’) in Southern Poland and the wider socio-economic transformations of the last fifty years was considered. Nowa Huta played a key part in post-war reconstruction both as the home of Poland’s largest steelworks and by being promoted as the nation’s first socialist town.
A series of in-depth interviews were conducted with inhabitants in order to consider the town's role in the construction, contestation and collapse of the socialist system in Poland. Secondly, the impact of these large-scale economic and social transformations was examined in the context of everyday life and work in Nowa Huta. Some ‘expert’ witness interviews were used but more emphasis was placed on developing a body of work based on life story or life history interviews. The collection includes an archive of images as well as interview transcriptions.
This data collection consists of in-depth/semi-structured interviews covering work, work history, working conditions, family, social and support networks, free time, post-socialism, Poland (Nowa Huta and Krakow), community and transformation.
Time Period Covered:
Dates of Fieldwork:
01 June 2001 -
31 August 2001
No spatial unit
Kind of Data:
Textual data; Individual (micro) level
Location of Units of Observation:
Men and women aged between 18 and 87, including students, employed people and pensioners, living in Nowa Huta in Poland, during 2001.
Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Purposive selection/case studies; Volunteer sample
Number of Units:
29 individual interviews, 1 couple interviewed together.
Method of Data Collection:
conducted in Polish
No weighting used
Language(s) of Written Materials:
Study Description: English
Study Documentation: English and Polish
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Date of First Release:
08 October 2003
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4 January 2012