Sociology Transformed

Sociology in the Czech Republic

Between East and West

Authors: Skovajsa, Marek, Balon, Jan

  • Offers the first history of Czech sociology 
  • Presents illuminating examples of the particularities of the institutionalization of sociology in the Czech Republic 
  • Explores the relationship between Czech sociology and the project of nation building 
  • Analyzes both the institutional and organizational aspects of the development of Czech sociology  Presents the development of Czech sociology within the historical context of belonging to the Austrian sphere of influence until 1918 and functioning within a broader Czechoslovak institutional system until 1992 
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This book offers the first comprehensive overview in English of the history of sociology in what is today the Czech Republic. Divided into six chapters, it traces the institutional development of the discipline from the late 19th century until the present, with an emphasis on the periods most favorable for sociology’s institutionalization: the interwar years, the 1960s and the post-1989 era. The narrative places the institutions, persons and ideas that have been central to the discipline into the broader social and political context. Marek Skovajsa and Jan Balon show that sociology in the Czech Republic has been wedded to the dominant political projects of each successive historical period: nation- and state-building until after WWII, the communist experiment in 1948-1989, liberal democratic reconstruction after 1989, and internationalization after 2000. This work will appeal to social scientists and to a general readership interested in Czech culture and society. 

About the authors

Marek Skovajsa is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Czech Republic. His research focus is on the history of sociology, social theory, culture and civil society.
Jan Balon is Lecturer at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University and Head of Department and Researcher at Centre for Science, Technology and Society Studies, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. His areas of interest include philosophy of science, sociological theory and epistemology.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: An Institutional History of Sociology in the Czech Republic

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    Pages 1-11

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  • Sociology in Service to Nation-Building: The Legacy of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

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    Pages 13-25

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  • A False Beginning? The Growth and Destruction of Czech Sociology 1918–1950

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    Pages 27-47

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  • 1950–1969: Becoming a Counselor to the Socialist Prince

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    Pages 49-71

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  • 1969–1989: The Long Hour of Party Ideologists

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    Pages 73-95

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-45026-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sociology in the Czech Republic
Book Subtitle
Between East and West
Authors
Series Title
Sociology Transformed
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45027-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45027-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45026-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 150
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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