(Polish title: Przeobrazenia spoleczne z perspektywy losu jednostki (Wstepne zalozenia analizy zjawiska awansu spolecznego w PRL)). The article draws a program of studying upward social mobility that places individuals' perspective at its center. In individual-centered perspective socialist society can be viewed as a conglomerate of individual self-protective activities aming at the job acquisition in its institutions. The analysis of historic field therefore means the analysis of studying the individuals' life situations. These situations are to be studied as sets of circumstances, stemming from individuals' position in social structure, their biography as well as from broader historical setting. The task of upward social mobility analysis concentrating on individual is the study of the role of emotions and cultural behavior that accompanies the situation of transition (to the public sector, from unqualified to qualified jobs as well as into managerial positions).
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