Tomasz Zarycki, born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1970. Ph.D. from the University of Silesia, Katowice. Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at the Institute for Social Studies, University of Warsaw.
Mellon Fellow (1 February 2007 – 30 June 2007)
THE POLITENESS OF THE CENTRE: THE PROBLEM OF INTEGRATION OF THE ‘NEW’ PERIPHERY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION IN THE CULTURAL AND DISCOURSE-THEORETICAL APPROACH
I made considerable progress in my research, completed several publications and prepared drafts of two other texts as well as collected material for future work. First, I was able to finish my book entitled “Cultural Capital and the Role of the Intelligentsia in the Contemporary Poland and Russia”, in particular the concluding theoretical chapter which proposes a reinterpretation of the tasks and tools of critical sociological theory in peripheral societies. The book presents the results of a two-year project conducted in Poland and in Russia and will be published in Polish this year by the Warsaw University Press. I also worked on three papers in English which present parts of my theory and elaborate the different aspects. Besides of the above mentioned texts dealing directly with the centre-periphery model, I wrote and edited a number of other texts indirectly linked to this broad issue. In particular the paper entitled “Fields as Dimensions of Context: An application of Bourdieu’s sociological theory to modeling of context of social action” and, “History and regional development. A controversy over the ‘right’ interpretation of the role of history in the development of the Polish regions”.