Based on comparative surveys, the author presents a study of social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. Focusing on Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Slovakia, the author provides information relating to social structure, mobility, inequality, lifestyle and economic stratification. Applying the Erikson-Goldthorpe classification of class positions, Domanski effectively presents fully comparable data to enable political comparisons to be made with other countries, especially those with firmly established free market economies. As such, "On the Verge of Convergence" seeks to provide a clearer understanding of the on-going process of social transformation within developing capitalist societies.
Introduction: peasant societies - market societies?; the touch of modernization; social mobility rates and patterns; basic continuity; economic stratification; similarities, differences and emerging change; the debate on owners; nomenklatura or self-recruitment?; distribution of incomes; culture and lifestyle; religion - a stage on the road to modernization. Conclusion: Appendix: References