Społeczne reprezentacje gospodarki rynkowej
Rocznik: 2001 Tom: 7 Numer: 1
This article reports the results of an empirical investigation of the social representations of free market economy. Social representations are defined as a cosensual univerces of thoughts, images and ideas, which are socially created and socially communicated to form part of a „common consciousness”. Two kinds of questionnaires were used: one open format and the other (in a second stage) closed-format. In the study took part 171 subjects from private and state firms. Subjects were asked to give assotiations to the word „free market”, to indicate social groups connected with free market and to estimate the importance of given factors forming this kind of economy. The way of understanding of the economic phenomenon and attitudes toward free market were investigated too. Two representations were elicted: Market and Unfamiliar. The study confirmed the relationship between kind of representation and an area of econimic experience. Most of people employed in private firm shared Market representation, whereas Unfamiliar representation was anchored in group of state workers.