What Makes Profound, Peaceful Social Transitions Successful? The Example of the Underground Solidarity Movement
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Social change, when neither imposed from the outside nor the result of major upheavals, seems an intriguing phenomenon, especially when it stems from endogenous social processes coordinated in time. It often happens that the activated societal dynamics are temporary and short-lived—bursting forth and, in fairly short order, fading away. These short-term movements require synchrony only at the initial stage (gathering in certain place at certain time). In some cases, however, an autocatalytic process becomes long-lasting. Coordinated over time, it may outgrow any expectations.