Kaszubi – ćwierć wieku po wielkiej zmianie
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Kashubians – A Quarter of a Century after the Big Change
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The object of the article is to present changes that took effect after 1989 in Kashubia and its society in the sphere of identity, institutions, policy and adopted legal regulations. Analysis focuses on the institutional dimension (changes in the Kashubian movement, its pluralization, organizational development, access to new spheres of activity) and the identity of the group. Special attention is drawn to the deep changes introduced in education, mass media and scholarship. In the light of conducted research the Kashubian community appears to be a close-knit group, immune to assimilation processes, with a strong sense of distinction, but at the same time in its vast majority attached to the Polish national identity and with a definite self-image (the main characteristics of this autostereotype include: piety, diligence, devotion to one’s land, perseverance even up to the point of obstinacy, patriotism); the group also has quite a numerous elite.
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