civil society; the third sector; associations; voluntary work; political activity; społeczenstwo obywatelskie; trzeci sektor; stowarzyszenia; wolontariat; aktywność polityczna
Górnośląskie Studia Socjologiczne, Nr 1 (2010), s. 182-191.
The author of the article describes the image of the Silesian civil society which is much
the same as the image of the civil society in Poland. Although the number of similarities increases,
the third sector becomes more and more professional, and many non-governmental organizations
and institution conduct very interesting work, civic and political activity does not change and is
comparatively low. Several condition influence this situation: rules of law, the form of social structure,
traditions, culture and methodological factors.