Czech Republic

by Blanka Nyklová, Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic This year celebrates 30 years since the lifting of the Iron Curtain in Europe’s semi-periphery, or 30 years of uneven neoliberalization hailed as the only possible path to democracy. The ascent of democracy was seen as a move to meritocracy, erasing former […]

by Zuzana Sekeráková Búriková, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic “Au pairing” brings together paid domestic work undertaken by temporary migrants, cultural exchange defined by national and international regulations, and basic living arrangements. According to British regulations passed in 2004 and 2005, au pairs are young foreigners who stay for up to two years with families […]

by Irena Kašparová, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic For the last two decades, the school performance of Czech pupils has steadily declined, according to various international means and measures (e.g. PISA standards) – a fact that has provoked a national debate about education, its role, directions and methods. Dissatisfied not only with comparative standards but […]

by Kateřina Sidiropulu Janků, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic It is May 15, 2013 and we are standing in the sunny square in Olomouc, a city halfway between Brno and Ostrava, where we are staging the project Memory of Roma Workers. It is the first big encounter of the whole team. More than ten people […]

by Martin Hájek, Charles University, Czech Republic The audit culture and stress on competitiveness affect universities and scientific institutions in many countries, including the Czech Republic. The implications for academic careers, for scientific disciplines, and for publication strategies have repeatedly been analyzed. However, the impact of audit culture on small sociological communities using local national […]

by Filip Vostal, Charles University and Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic The word precarious often describes a condition that is “not strong, safe or steady.” All three moments contained in the term precarious aptly convey significant characteristics of contemporary sociology. First, sociology’s precarity reflects the way broader societal-technological trends re-shape the production of sociological knowledge. […]