Sociology in the Czech Republic

Between East and West

  • Marek Skovajsa
  • Jan Balon

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Marek Skovajsa, Jan Balon
    Pages 49-71
  3. Marek Skovajsa, Jan Balon
    Pages 73-95
  4. Marek Skovajsa, Jan Balon
    Pages 97-117
  5. Marek Skovajsa, Jan Balon
    Pages 119-142
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-150

About this book


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.


History of Sociology Czech history institutionalization of sociology Czech sociology methodological nationalism public sociology Czech nationalism Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk Marxist sociology Prague Spring historical materialism Marxist revisionism Normalization (Czechoslovakia) westernization Czech Republic R&D reform in the Czech Republic Czech universities pluralism public engagement of sociologists Masaryk Czech Sociological Association (MČSS)

Authors and affiliations

  • Marek Skovajsa
    • 1
  • Jan Balon
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of HumanitiesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Social SciencesCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45026-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45027-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site