In Sync pp 139-153 | Cite as

What Makes Profound, Peaceful Social Transitions Successful? The Example of the Underground Solidarity Movement

  • Andrzej K. NowakEmail author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
  • Ryszard Praszkier
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
  • Michal Zochowski
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrzej K. Nowak
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Robin R. Vallacher
    • 4
  • Ryszard Praszkier
    • 5
  • Agnieszka Rychwalska
    • 5
  • Michal Zochowski
    • 6
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  3. 3.Faculty of PsychologySWPS University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  5. 5.The Robert Zajonc Institute for Social StudiesUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  6. 6.Department of Physics and Biophysics ProgramUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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