Justyna Kajta

Justyna Kajta
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities | SWPS

PhD in Sociology

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Introduction
I currently work as a post-doc in the project "ULTRAGEN: ‘Becoming an adult in times of ultra-uncertainty: intergenerational theory of 'shaky' transitions’". My main research interests concern social movements, youth's political engagement, class mobility, social and political changes in Central and Eastern Europe as well as qualitative research, e.g. biographical method and discourse analysis.

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Publications (18)
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This paper aims to present theoretical and methodological grounds as well as initial findings of the ULTRAGEN project (full title: ‘Becoming an adult in times of ultra-uncertainty: intergenerational theory of 'shaky' transitions’). We discuss that the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences have undoubtedly impacted on the indivi...
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has once again brought borders to the center of attention, as journalists, authorities, and scholars have grappled with the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak, which began in late 2019 and early 2020 has caused tremendous personal, economic, and social upheaval. As many states decided to pursue the n...
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Since February 24, 2022, we have been witnessing the next stage of what began in the 2014 Russo-Ukrainian War: a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. For the first time in the history of the European Union, the intensive armed conflict is now approaching the border of the EU and Schengen Zone. The consequences of war: the refugee crisis, humani...
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The study comprises the final report of research on youth in Poland, which is part of a broader study on international youth from Central Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) and the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia). Although the analysis focuses mainly on young Poles (15-29 years of age), comparisons to youth f...
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Despite the preponderance of men within radical-nationalist circles, an increase in women's participation has recently been observed. Considering the general anti-feminist statements voiced in nationalist milieus, it is crucial to find out how women, in particular, frame their nationalist involvement and, more generally, their role in society. Base...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked numerous unintended social and political consequences, especially for border regions as many European states decided to temporarily close their borders. This decision had a tremendous effect not only on the work of various actors in border towns, but also on the lives of borderlanders, whose daily practices are emb...
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The article is based on an analysis of four selected biographies of nationalist activists in Poland – taken from a larger sample of 30 biographical-narrative interviews conducted with members of organizations such as the All-Polish Youth, National Radical Camp, and National Rebirth of Poland (2011–2015). During the analysis of all of the collected...
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This article explores the relevance of economic and cultural (identity-based) factors in the emergence of nationalist sentiments among young people in Poland. It discusses the changing labour market situation of young workers, involving their precarisation and critically reviews existing accounts of new nationalism in Poland. In the body of the art...
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This article explores the selected cases of the biographies of right-wing supporters from a larger sample of narrative interviews with young (18-35 years old) people in Poland and Germany. In the existing literature, we can find the socio-economic explanations of the sources of the right-wing turn (related to economic deprivation, precarisation, so...
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For several years, border(lands) studies have been developing intensively in many disciplines, resulting in numerous publications and research projects as well as in a wide range of concepts and methods. Thus, borders are no longer perceived only as geographical lines separating states and communities, but also as polysemous spaces constructed in d...
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The paper explores the discursive strategies used by participants of Polish nationalist (radical right) organizations when they speak about others: Muslims and homosexuals. The article is based on the critical discourse analysis of 30 biographical narrative interviews with the members of three main Polish nationalist organizations: the National Rad...
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This article presents the experiences of archiving biographical interviews with workers carried out in three historical Silesian regions (Lower Silesia, Opole Silesia, Upper Silesia) in 2001-2004. The dataset discussed was prepared as a part of the "Qualitative Data Archive" project of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy...
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Artykuł prezentuje dylematy towarzyszące próbom zastosowania założeń postulowanej przez Michaela Burawoya socjologii publicznej w badaniach nad ruchem nacjonalistycznym. Tekst pisany jest na podstawie badań własnych nad tożsamością uczestników ruchu nacjonalistycznego w Polsce, w ramach których realizowane są narracyjne wywiady biograficzne z człon...

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Projects (3)
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The aim of the project is to explore narratives and imaginaries on borders, living in borderlands and neighbours in two divided towns Słubice and Frankfurt (Oder) and Cieszyn and Český Těšín. In their everyday lives the inhabitants of divided towns remain under the influence of information and other stimuli that get to them from various sources. The most significant include personal experiences, voices from the scientific circles and the messages formulated by political elites (on the central level and—particularly—on the local one), usually reaching the audience by means of media. All these signals make up an information but also affective mosaic that creates in the local community members’ heads a story about living in a divided town, right ‘at the border.’ It is these narratives that we would like to gather in the course of focus group interviews conducted with these people and elites of the towns, as well as by getting familiar with the documents produced by these towns’ authorities. Furthermore, during ethnographic field studies by analysing the information dress of the towns, we intend to prove, how the towns “tell stories about themselves”, to what imaginaries – local, national, transnational or European do they relate?
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ULTRAGEN proposes a mixed-methods, intergenerational and temporal research into questions undergirded by the belief that the Covid-19 has introduced political, economic and social changes, independently of the actual shape of the crisis over the next years (i.e. second wave, vaccine, lockdown). ULTRAGEN examines how reaching adulthood - across the new subjective and the old objective markers - is becoming increasingly ‘shaky’, with alternating patterns of speeding up and reaching a standstill, conditioned also on intrafamily dynamics. While some argue that a ‘Covid generation’ will emerge from pandemic as a formative experience, we posit this cohort against the parallel experiences of their parents in the context of the Polish Martial Law (1981-1983), pointing to the necessity of juxtaposing social practices during crises.
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The project aims to explore the narratives and imaginaries on divided towns within the case study of the Polish-Czech (Cieszyn and Český Těšín) and Polish-German (Słubice and Frankfurt/Oder) border towns in consideration of two social categories – elites and citizens. The project’s findings, as expected, will contribute to the debate of identity formation and bordering practices in divided towns.