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„Polityka krzywdy” PiS
The “policy of harm” by the Law and Justice party (PiS)

Author(s): Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: krzywda; resentyment; populizm; PiS; polityka historyczna; nowy autorytaryzm; harm; resentmen; populism; PiS; memory politics; new authoritarianism

Summary/Abstract: Answering the question of why the ruling party in Poland (PiS) maintains such strong support, werefer to various arguments and disciplines, from sociology, discourse analysis, and social psychologyto cultural philosophy. We maintain that PiS consistently conducts populist politics, buildingon strong collective antagonisms and fuelling the social sense of harm. The concept of “harm” hasa unique and exceptional power that affects the feelings and the imagination of people. This meansthat evoking this feeling of harm recalling it proves to be a particularly convenient tool to managepeople’s consciences and beliefs. In this spirit, we consider how “harm” and its related concepts (resentment) are bound with populist politics, and how the “discourse of harm” is actually presentin the recent memory of politics in Poland, and how it can give some social groups “perverse”satisfaction. However, what we see in this semi-conscious tactic, which we describe as the “policyof harm”, is long-term destructive consequences.

  • Issue Year: 67/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 119-138
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish