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Elite schools in Poland – AIPA seminar

PhD Candidate Alexandra Dunwill presented the findings from her PhD thesis on elite schools in Poland. Poland’s elite school options have expanded during its post-communist transformation. It is a relatively new phenomenon in the post-communist space, and research in this area is limited. New elite schools emerge and adjust to changing global and national circumstances, embracing or rejecting the global trends and national agendas, and fostering new pathways to positions of leadership, influence, and power. In this process, they contribute to diversification and the ‘tribalism’ of Polish elites. This presentation will identify ideal-typical categories of elite schools that emerged after 1989 and will explore how elite-ness is differently constructed through elite schools’ websites and perceptions of the elite-schools’ principals.

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