Attitudes towards Minorities in Post-communist and Democratic Poland
By Katarzyna Celinska
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 474-491
The political transformation of Eastern European countries heralded many fundamental economic, social, and cultural changes. One aspect of democracy – cultural democracy – focuses on the situation of minority groups. The treatment of minorities, while largely determined by law and actions of the government, is also influenced by the attitudes and opinions held by the citizens. This article analyses opinion polls conducted between 1994 and 2014 on attitudes towards ethnic and national minorities in Poland. The data comes from the Public Opinion Research Center (Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej – CBOS) and was published solely in the Polish language. This analysis is situated within Poland’s shifting political, social, and cultural contexts, and emphasizes current legislation concerning minorities in Poland.
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