Relations of Non-Economic Ownership as a Basis of Identification of Social Estates

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Jacek Tittenbrun
Radomir Miński
Ewelina Szymańska

Abstract

Just as the theory of economic ownership is a prime tool for identification of social classes as units of social differentiation in the economic structure, so per analogiam it can be said that the theory of non-economic ownership can play such a role in relation to non-economic spheres of society, thus allowing for discernment of a number of status groups. These non-economic ownership relations are manifested in monopolisation by particular status groups of various material and immaterial goods and privileges. So far, as many as 18 such non-economic ownership relationships have been identified. The aim of the research is to describe and analyse social diversity of contemporary residents of Poznań. In our article we focus on the empirically identified status groups.

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Tittenbrun, J., Miński, R., & Szymańska, E. (2011). Relations of Non-Economic Ownership as a Basis of Identification of Social Estates. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 155-174. Retrieved from https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/sho/article/view/29259
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Jacek Tittenbrun, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Jacek Tittenbrun — sociologist, professor Ordinarius, Institute of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University and Wyższa Szkoła Nauk Humanistycznych i Dziennikarstwa [Graduate School of Humanities and Journalism]. Author of several hundred scholarly publications including a dozen or so books among which worth mentioning are The Collapse of Real Socialism in Poland (1992-1993), Ekonomiczny sens prywatyzacji [The  Economic Sense of Privatisation], (1995) and a four-volume study Z deszczu pod rynnę. Meandry polskiej  prywatyzacji [From the Frying Pan into the Fire. Meanders of Polish Privatisation] (2007). Laureate of many awards, a NATO scholar, of Central European University Budapest Foundation and of London School of Economics. Among others, a member of the European Association of Evolutionary and Comparative Studies and of European Sociological Association. Scientific interests: social differentiation, economic sociology.

Radomir Miński, Graduate School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznań

Radomir Miński — doctor of sociology, researcher and lecturer at Wyższa Szkoła Nauk Humanistycznych i Dziennikarstwa [Graduate School of Humanities and Journalism] in Poznań, author of a monograph Stosunki pracy w sektorze MSP na przykładzie Kępińsko- Ostrzeszowskiego zagłębia meblowego [Labour Relations in the SME's (Small and Medium- Sized Enterprises) Sector on the Example of the Kępno-Ostrzeszów Furniture Industry Centre]. Scientific interest: economic sociology, sociology of labour, labour relations.

Ewelina Szymańska, Graduate School of Humanities and Journalism, Poznań

Ewelina Szymańska — a sociology student at Wyższa Szkoła Nauk Humanistycznych i Dziennikarstwa [Graduate School of Humanities and Journalism] in Poznań. She actively participated in the research programme "Struktura klasowo-stanowa miasta Poznania" [The Class and Estate Structure of the City of Poznań]. She published a chapter in a book edited by Jacek Tittenbrun, Struktura klasowo-stanowa społeczności Poznania [The Class-Estate Structure of Poznań]. Scientific interests: sociology of culture, sociology of tourism.