Institute of Sociology

Jagiellonian University

Grodzka 52, 31-044 Krakow

Fax: 48 - (12) - 4222129

Phone: 48 - (12) - 4116769

E-mail: ussztomp@cyf-kr.edu.pl


Professor Piotr Sztompka, sociologist, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland                         *

(Ph.D. in Sociology from Jagellonian University, Poland, 1970)


Dr. Piotr Sztompka is a professor of sociology at the Jagiellonian University at Krakow (Poland), where he is heading the Chair of Theoretical Sociology, as well as the Center for Analysis of Social Change “Europe '89”. He has been a visiting professor at numerous foreign universities in the USA, Latin America, Australia and Europe. He is a member of Academia Europaea (London), the Polish Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Cambridge, Mass.). From 1998 Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA). Recipient of New Europe Prize 1996.

His books published in English include: System and Function, N.Y. Academic Press 1974; Sociological Dilemmas, N.Y. Academic Press 1979; Robert Merton: An Intellectual Profile, London Macmillan Press 1986; Rethinking Progress, London Unwin & Hyman 1990 (with Jeffrey Alexander), Society in Action, Cambridge Polity Press, and Chicago University Press 1991, Sociology in Europe: In Search of Identity, Berlin and New York, De Gruyter 1993 (with B.Nedelmann), The Sociology of Social Change, Oxford and Cambridge MA, Blackwell 1993 (also available in Russian and Spanish), Agency and Structure, New York 1994: Gordon and Breach, R.K.Merton on Social Structure and Science, Chicago University Press 1996; Trust: A Sociological Theory, Cambridge 1999: Cambridge University Press.



Publications relevant to the project “Honesty and Trust”



La fiducia nelle societa post-communiste, Messina 1996: Rubbettino Editore

Trust: A Sociological Theory, Cambridge 1999, CambridgeUniversity Press



“Intangibles and Imponderables of the Transition to Democracy”, in: Studies in Comparative Communism, vol. 3, September 1991, pp. 295–312 (reprinted in: Europa, Nazione e Stato alla Vigilia del XXI Secolo, C. Mongardini and M. Ruini, eds, Roma 1993: Bulzoni, pp. 159–180


“Cultural and Civilizational Change: The Core of Post-Communist Transition”, in B. Grancelli, ed., Social Change and Modernization, Berlin-New York 1995, De Gruyter, pp. 235–247


“Trust and Emerging Democracy: Lessons from Poland”, International Sociology, Vol.11, No.1, 1996, pp. 37–62, also in German: “Vertrauen: Die Fehlende Ressource in der Postkommunistichen Gesellschaft”, in Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderheft 35/1995


“Politische Institutionen”, Wandel, October 1995, pp. 254-276; in Italian: “Introduzione alla teoria della fiducia”, in Multiculturalismo e democrazia, eds, F.Crespi and R.Segatori, Roma, 1996, Donzelli Editore, pp. 49-72 (short version reprinted in Il Mulino, (Milan), June 1995


“Looking Back: The Year 1989 as a Cultural and Civilizational Break”, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 29, No. 2/1996, pp.115–129


“Trust, Distrust and Two Paradoxes of Democracy”, The European Journal of Social Theory, vol. 1, No. 1/1998


“Mistrusting Civility: Predicament of a Post-Communist Society”, in Real Civil Societies, J. Alexander, ed., London 1998: Sage, pp. 191-210


“The Cultural Imponderables of Rapid Social Change: Trust, Loyalty, Solidarity”, Polish Sociological Review, No. 1/1998, pp. 45-57.


“The Ambivalence of Social Change: Triumph or Trauma?” The Polish Sociological Review, No 3/2000, pp. 275-290


“Cultural Trauma: The Other Face of Social Change”, European Journal of Social Theory, No.3/2000, pp. 449-466