Geographia Polonica (2005) vol. 78, iss. 1

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Transformation of Life, Work and Community in Post-socialist Europe: A Westerner Studies Nowa Huta, Poland

Alison Stenning

Geographia Polonica (2005) vol. 78, iss. 1, pp. 9-22

Abstract

On the basis on ongoing research which explores the transformation of work and com-munity in Nowa Huta, Poland, this paper reflects on the nature and value of east-west research and on the connections that can, and should, be made between the varied urban geographies of Europe. Drawing attention to some themes which connect the urban geographies of eastern and western Europe, it argues that we have a responsibility to distant geographies but that responsi-bility rests not simply on studying those distant parts as exotic and intriguing sites for research but on connecting our lives and our geographies to those of distant others.

Keywords: work, community, east-west research, post-socialism Europe, Nowa Huta (Poland)