TITLE

Genius Loci and Voting Behaviour

AUTHOR(S)
Kubiak, Hieronim
PUB. DATE
December 1998
SOURCE
Polish Sociological Review;1998, Issue 124, p357
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article analyses the reasons why the results of the parliamentary elections (1991, 1993, 1997), the presidential elections (1990, 1995) and the constitutional referendum (1997) in Southern Little Poland (Malopoiska region) departed significantly from the results obtained by left- and right-wing parties in other regions of the country. The author firmly rejects the interpretation (often suggested not only by journalists but also in the scientific literature) relating this phenomenon to the lasting consequences of the partition of Poland. He says, instead, that this regional genius loci is in fact a reflection of the cultural configuration of "old Poland," whose integrality has been retained despite post-war migrations and industrialization processes. Early social bonds have survived in this region in hundreds of "small fatherlands." Such units as "the people's church" and family-run farms have supported the structural stability of local communities. Together, these factors are responsible for the strong correlation of political choices in Little Poland with high religiosity on the one-hand and the highest fertility rates in the country on the other hand. Moreover, similar correlations have also been found in other parts of the country, wherever the syndrome of peasant Poland has been preserved. In such cases, group loyalties and value orientations rather than individual political attitudes and interests tend to determine voting behaviour trends.
ACCESSION #
9872137

 

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